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Jukes Mum

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • North Yorkshire
Courgettes- all flowers, no courgettes
« on: June 26, 2015, 08:40:57 pm »
As the title suggests! My courgettes are pathetic this year and now they are flowering profusely, but all male flowers. Should I start removing a few of these so save energy or just let things be?
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Quirkygirl

  • Joined May 2015
  • Cwmbran, Wales
Re: Courgettes- all flowers, no courgettes
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2015, 08:51:36 pm »
I was told that the male ones will take all the goodies from the plant. So was told to remove... I have got females coming on nice..

Jukes Mum

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • North Yorkshire
Re: Courgettes- all flowers, no courgettes
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2015, 09:04:21 pm »
Thanks Quirkygirl- I'll nip a few off
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: Courgettes- all flowers, no courgettes
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2015, 10:01:32 pm »
Well, I have all female flowers and no males to pollinate them  ::)
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Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Courgettes- all flowers, no courgettes
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2015, 11:46:49 pm »
Mine have only reached the bud stage but they are all male. Sounds like I will be down there with the secateurs tomorrow.

pgkevet

  • Joined Jul 2011
Re: Courgettes- all flowers, no courgettes
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2015, 06:42:59 am »
The 2 plants in the greenhouse have been prolific, the 2 in the field are pathetic but just starting to show growth.

Quirkygirl

  • Joined May 2015
  • Cwmbran, Wales
Re: Courgettes- all flowers, no courgettes
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2015, 05:37:50 pm »
Just ensure you rub the male flowers onto the female...  Happy females then  :roflanim:

Jukes Mum

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • North Yorkshire
Re: Courgettes- all flowers, no courgettes
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2015, 01:12:34 pm »
Well, I have all female flowers and no males to pollinate them  ::)
i'll send you some males!
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: Courgettes- all flowers, no courgettes
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2015, 02:13:26 pm »
Well, I have all female flowers and no males to pollinate them  ::)
i'll send you some males!

 ;D
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SallyN

  • Joined Jun 2015
  • Nr Chard, Somerset
Re: Courgettes- all flowers, no courgettes
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2015, 09:17:01 am »
have never bothered removing male flowers or hand pollinating. Courgettes quite often get things a bit skewiff when they first start off - give them time, it'll settle down in a few weeks and they'll be off, after which you'll start wondering when they'll ever stop...  :innocent:
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laurelrus

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Quainton,Buckinghamshire
  • Hobby farmer
Re: Courgettes- all flowers, no courgettes
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2015, 04:18:12 pm »
First year growing vegetables so hope this isn't a silly question - how do you know which are males and which are females? We've got big yellow flowers growing on the courgette plants and I can see little courgettes growing, but I didn't realise there was an issue with male and female bits?!
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: Courgettes- all flowers, no courgettes
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2015, 05:02:53 pm »
Female cucurbit flowers have a tiny courgette, squash or whatever just under the flower, at the top of the flower stalk.  The males don't, just a flower coming straight from the stalk.  The males carry the pollen, the females are the flowers which need the pollen to grow properly.  The bees normally do the pollination, unless it's too cold for them to fly   :bee: :bee: :bee: :bee: :bee:
« Last Edit: July 07, 2015, 05:04:40 pm by Fleecewife »
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