how to get female blooms on melons

flowerchild3(z5 MI)August 5, 2006

Hi,

I'm trellising some cantaloupes, pie pumpkins and honeydew. So far it's August and I only have two pumpkins coming. The cantaloupe plants are still only like 2 or 3 feet tall. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Also, the plants still rarely produce any female blooms. Is there something I can do? I did start these plants a little late (like maybe May or June). I'd prefer not to put any miracle grow on them as I take an organic approach. Any ideas would be most appreciated! :)

~Laura

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larry_c(z6 Stl. Mo.)

Hey Laura,
I dont have a clue on how to make more buds, but you can hand pollinate the ones that appear assuring production.

Take the center of the male flower (I am a regular gardener I do not know the scientific names)and insert it or rub it inside of the female bud. Both are usually bright yellow and fuzzy.I do this with my squash/pumkins/gourds.Its better than trustung the bees to do the work.

FYI..My pumkins are not producing many fruit just yet. Squash and gourds are loaded......oh and learn about compost..

    Bookmark   August 8, 2006 at 4:03PM
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