Cucumbers. Self pollination

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Cucumbers. Self pollination

Postby Kingfisher » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:04 pm

I never did a vine....;). Any way my cucumbers growing on a panel on a fence are growing and flowering for a couple of weeks now but ni sign of any fruit. Whats going on DL you think? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Cucumbers. Self pollination

Postby skyhightree1 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:07 pm

How much water are they getting and what type of fertilizer did you use?
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Re: Cucumbers. Self pollination

Postby Kingfisher » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:29 pm

Cow poop. Plenty of water. It's so hot here I put em in a spot that isn't too sunny. I've been noticing the dirts staying wet but it's growing good and looks good but it's about two full weeks of flower but no fruit.
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Postby skyhightree1 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:33 pm

So you don't use any commercial chemicals? I will tell you this mine did the same this year and recently we started getting one inch of rain a day and now my vines are loaded. I have never grown them on a fence panel and never used cow poop but I think you should be fine but I think if you had given a little bit of 10-10-10 atleast the cucumbers would probably grown a lil faster. I just planted my 2nd growing of cucumbers last sunday and with all the rain and the 19-19-19 mixed into the soil in the hills they are already sprouting out the ground.
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Re: Cucumbers. Self pollination

Postby Kingfisher » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:47 pm

I've used some miracle grow on em. Probably why they are tinged a little in some leaves. I take it your saying cucumber are heavy feeders? My experience us that leaves em tainted. My vines are healthy
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Re: Cucumbers. Self pollination

Postby skyhightree1 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:52 pm

King yes they love Nitrogen and love water and plenty of both.. I usually cultivate the fertilizer in a few times to make sure those greedy pigs get enough fertilizer. I am not a expert gardener just can only speak of my results. I would like to add I try to put alot of nitrogen on fruits that grow above the ground and alot of phosphorus-potassium on items that grow below the ground as in white potatoes sweet potatoes carrots stuff like that.
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Re: Cucumbers. Self pollination

Postby 1982vett » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:19 am

Gotta have pollinators...ie...bees and such
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Re: Cucumbers. Self pollination

Postby skyhightree1 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:31 am

I haven't seen a bee on my place in a long arse time other than carpenter bees mine seem to have done fine.. I guess my variety is self polinating.
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Re: Cucumbers. Self pollination

Postby 1982vett » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:36 am

skyhightree1 wrote:I haven't seen a bee on my place in a long arse time other than carpenter bees mine seem to have done fine.. I guess my variety is self polinating.

maybe you have the "and such..." :lol:
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Re: Cucumbers. Self pollination

Postby skyhightree1 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:08 pm

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Re: Cucumbers. Self pollination

Postby greybeard » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:21 pm

Simple. Cukes are one of those plants where the first bunch of blooms you see are always all "male" blooms . No 'fruit' will come from these blooms. A week or so later, the other blooms (female) appear and it is only from these blooms that the cukes grow. You may just have to be a little more patient.
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Re: Cucumbers. Self pollination

Postby CottageFarm » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:27 am

greybeard wrote:Simple. Cukes are one of those plants where the first bunch of blooms you see are always all "male" blooms . No 'fruit' will come from these blooms. A week or so later, the other blooms (female) appear and it is only from these blooms that the cukes grow. You may just have to be a little more patient.



Yup, most cucurbits are like this (unless you have a variety that is gynoecious - these produce all or mostly female flowers and require a second variety planted for male flowers).

The female flowers will have an itty bitty fuzzy fruit behind the flower. the male flowers have just stem behind the flower.
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