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Srikanth
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Hi GG,

 

In your blog post (http://geekgardener.in/tag/eur.....-cucumber/) you have mentioned that european cucumber have only female flowers but my plant has only male flowers. I got the seeds from Ebay. Was I duped or is it possible that one variety of european cucumber only gives out male flowers?

 

I 11 cucumber plants growing of which 2 are european (Beit Alpha Slicing) and the rest are regular variety (indam seeds). The regular variety have started yielding cucumbers while the 2 europeans are only producing male flowers. I initially thought that it was due to the heat. I have sprayed borax about 4 days ago and so far no good news. Was I duped?

 

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Hi Srikanth,

European cucumbers (If mentioned "Parthenocarpic") produce only female flowers and at extreme stress sometimes give out male flowers. Mine didn't give out even one male flower.

It could be a pollenizer plant. A line that is used to produce the seeds for a 'seedless variety'. In any case, they should be specially marked/colored for easy ID. How many seeds you got in total? Try the other seeds too. May be they are regular cucumbers that leave out male flowers first and female later. Wait for some time.

Is there a company label on the seeds? EBay sellers sometimes sell counterfeit stuff but you can report it and it will bring the seller's karma down ;).

If they continue to give only male flowers, lets keep the seed. We may use it for pollinating the seedless cucumber and make seeds :D. How many seeds you have?

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Oops!!. Not sure how I missed GG's response.

 

I might be having another 10 to 20 seeds. The plant is now dead without bearing even a single female flower. I had no response from the seller on this male flower issue.

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Srikanth said:

Hi GG,

 

In your blog post (http://geekgardener.in/tag/eur.....-cucumber/) you have mentioned that european cucumber have only female flowers but my plant has only male flowers. I got the seeds from Ebay. Was I duped or is it possible that one variety of european cucumber only gives out male flowers?

 

I 11 cucumber plants growing of which 2 are european (Beit Alpha Slicing) and the rest are regular variety (indam seeds). The regular variety have started yielding cucumbers while the 2 europeans are only producing male flowers. I initially thought that it was due to the heat. I have sprayed borax about 4 days ago and so far no good news. Was I duped?

 

Thanks,

Srikanth


Hi Srikanth:

Sorry to be deviating slightly from your immediate concern, but could you please enlighten us on the purpose of spraying borax on cucumber plants. Should one do it on all plants? If not, which plants need a spray of borax and how often. Thanks in advance & regards.

Satish

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What I gather from the excellent Farmer's TV program on ETV telugu (everyday 6:30 AM) is that borax helps in producing female flowers. When the temparatures are high cucurbits produce only male flowers. Borax encourages the plant to produce female flowers.

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Hi Srikanth:

Thanks for the info. Is boric acid OK for this purpose? And what dosage of borax or boric acid is to be used? Does this help in the case of gourds too? Sorry for asking so many questions! Thanks in advance for your help. Regards.

Satish

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Not sure about Boric Acid. Yes it can be used on gourds. I use about 2 gm of borax per liter for foliar spray.

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Srikanth said:

What I gather from the excellent Farmer's TV program on ETV telugu (everyday 6:30 AM) is that borax helps in producing female flowers. When the temparatures are high cucurbits produce only male flowers. Borax encourages the plant to produce female flowers.


Hi Srikanth:

 I just remembered that all cucurbits are said to bear female flowers predominantly on lateral branches. Because of this it is recommended that once a cucurbit plant attains a length of about seven feet and is showing any flowers, one should cut off the growing tip of the main stem. This induces the appearance of more lateral branches and consequently also many more female lowers. I have done this earlier to bottlegourd, spongegourd, bittergourd and even pumpkin with very good results. Regards.

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In fact this morning's program had a mention of borax once agian. The recommended dosage is 3gm/L of foliar spray 10 days after the first true leaves appear.

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Hi Srikanth:

Thanks for the info. My plants are already flowering. Will borax help? May be you could call & ask the programme anchor? Regards

Satish

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