Do you ever wonder why your zucchini, cucumber, squash or pumpkin produce flowers but no fruit?
Customers asked us this question earlier this summer and I finally get around to post about it. I know the season is almost over, but you will know for next season.
Cucurbits - family of cucs, zucchini and squash - are vines that produce separate male and female flowers. Successful pollination of male and female flower is the key for fruit production. If the pollinating insects are missing and you don't manually pollinate then you will not get any fruit. Young plants will produce male flowers for the first couple of weeks. Once the plant is more mature female flowers will also be produced. It is important to recognize what a male and female flower looks like. The left of the picture is a male flower (single straight stamen) and the right female (swollen "receptacle" pistil)
Sometimes you will notice some fruit production, but it turns yellow and falls off. What does it mean? It may be an ineffective fertilization, which happens after pollination. The pollen may have been too weak for fertilization. Pollen in the cucurbits family is more plentyful in the morning and the female flower is more receptive then as well. Also extreme high temperatures in day and night time will affect the pollination as well.
So, what can we do? Water regularly, plant with lots of compost and encourage lots of pollinating insects to your garden by planting a variety of different veggies and flowers together. Or you can help by pollinating the flowers yourself. That could be another post.
“Sunrise paints the sky with pinks and the sunset with peaches. Cool to warm. So is the progression from childhood to old age.”
👉Check out my insta stories to pick up your favorite sunset from my insta feed!
“O nascer do sol pinta o céu com rosas e o pôr do sol com pêssegos. Do frio para o quente. Assim é a progressão da infância para a velhice.”
👉Vejam as minhas instastories para escolherem o vosso por do sol favorito!
I dropped out of college, I work 2 jobs, and I dont have a girlfriend or date. To most thats not successful... But I invest in both stock market and cryptocurrency. Im always hustling. And love making new connections and working with people who are overall honest, positive and hard working. To me that is success #AppreciateTheProcess#illdoanythingforatreat#ILoveGrowing .
Happy Spring day 🌼🌸🌺🌻 Spent the day yesterday preparing medium for a new round of beans I'm cracking to do a test run on the nutes from @at_advanced_hydro_nutrients.
I decided on a mix of coco-coir, palm peat and Vermiculite (1 part coco + 1 part vermiculite + full palm peat brick + 10ltr water). I opted for a compost free mix so I could control the nutrition without any organic interference. The mix is inert so Ph regulation is easier to control and also offers no nutritional benefit to the plant. The mix helps with nutrition & moisture retention, drainage and air circulation around the roots.
I soaked the mix overnight in a mixture of all three feeds to allow the nutrients to draw into the mix so its ready for planting. I've also added 1 drop of the root stimulant (an add-on product from At Advanced Hydro Nutrients) to the 10ltr of water. Super concentrated stuff this, working very carefully with it. It's easy to get something wrong or miscalculate with synthetic nutes.
I've chosen 7 strains to work with, feminized and regular strains. Gonna give the synthesized nutes a proper bash, I'm an organic lover through and through but I'll give anything a try before making judgements. Looking forward to a great growing season ❤️🌱 #mushigoatseedco#hydro#nutrients#cococoir#palmpeat#rootstimulants#springday#genetics#ilovegrowing #❤️🌱 #sungrown#syntheticnutrientsystems