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Old 07-13-2012, 06:23 PM
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Originally Posted by Fields of Green View Post
I hand pollinated my "Spooktacular" variety of pumpkin. Lots of male flowers, very few female, along with heavy rains a few weeks ago that may have washed away the pollen so the bees couldn't do their thing. I've been getting lots of little pumpkins that grow to the size of a ping pong ball and then cleanly drop off the vine (even with support) and a little research suggests its lack of pollination.

Do my yellow zucchini need help with pollination? Zucchini are so prolific I'm thinking not...

I also heavily thinned my young Asian Pear tree of baby Asian pears... probably should thin the crop further oh but murder is so hard. ;-P
I adore seeing pumpkins in the Fall...and eating pumpkin/squash soup in the winter. Mmmmm. Hopefully you'll get several lovely ones.

You are correct about the pollination. I always help my cucurbits along because the insects don't always do a great job and I looove squash! Unless you planted the zukes in a field of flowers, I'd hand-pollinate those as well for a while.

I got two Asian pears a couple of years ago...and my first year after all the yummy fruit were ripe...a critter climbed the tree and took every...last...pear.
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