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northfifeduckling

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pollinating pumpkins
« on: July 23, 2010, 06:04:58 pm »
I have quite a few Hokaido pumpkins in the tunnel as outdoors was an utter failure last year due to rubbish weather. Do I have to pollinate them with a paintbrush like the courgettes in the greenhouse or will they do fine by themselves like gherkins/cucumbers??? :&>

Fluffywelshsheep

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Near Stirling, Central Scotland
Re: pollinating pumpkins
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2010, 08:42:13 pm »
I would say so , Get them paint brushes out :)

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: pollinating pumpkins
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2010, 12:13:22 am »
You might need to pollinate them unless you have lots of bees and other insects to do the pollinating for you.  I grow lots of flowers amongst my veggies in the polytunnel to attract in the bees and it does work.  Their favourite flower is comfrey, which pops up all over the place from where I have used it as a mulch.  I tend to find that I need to pollinate early in the season when there are not many squash/pumpkin/courgette flowers but later on there is no problem.  If you have several spare male flowers you can break them off, remove all the petals then tip the pollen directly into the female flowers.
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