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greenenthu
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Hi every one

My pumpkin plant has a female flower which will open by today evening or tomorrow. My plant has many male flowers but none of them seem to open in next 24hrs. Since I don't want female flower to die which will happen eventually if it does not get fertilized, what should I do ? Should I open male flower manually for fertilization? Pl post your advice asap for the survival of first pumpkin on my plant for which the whole family is waiting eagerly.

My second plant is also going to face same situation. Though male flowers formation starts early but they bloom later then female flowers. Why is it so ?

Green enthu

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sooooooooooooo sadCry 

My gardener friends on this forum didn't reply my request but mother nature heard my plea. A male flower opened today and I have done the pollination . Lets see whether  it'll be successful or not.

green enthu

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Hi,

I am growing pumpkins too, with lots of flowers opening but dying. Let us know the results of the manual pollination.I have lots of butterflies & bees so I've left it to them.how does one identify the male/female flowers if I have to do the pollination? Thanks,

Manjula

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Hi md68:

The differentiation between male and female flowers of pumpkin & all other gourds is simple. The female flower has a small fruit of the respective plant behind it. So, just look if any of your pumpkin flowers have a small pumpkin as their base. Regards.

Satish

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greenenthu said:

sooooooooooooo sadCry 

My gardener friends on this forum didn't reply my request but mother nature heard my plea. A male flower opened today and I have done the pollination . Lets see whether  it'll be successful or not.

green enthu


Hi Greenenthu:

No reason to be sad at all. No one replied because no one knew the answer. Your problem was unique and exceptional. Normally one has a lot of male flowers preceeding even the appearance of a female one. Anyway, hope the pollination is successful. Regards.

Satish

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Hi md68 & Greenenthu:

Cucurbits including Pumpkin usually produce female flowers on lateral branches and very rarely one on the main stem. To induce the growth of more lateral branches it is suggested to cut off the growing apex of the main branch once flowers appear on it. I have practised this very successfully. Regards.

Satish

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