Now that I have your attention....
I've had several female buds fail to develop due to (I believe) a failure to be fertilized. This morning I decided to fertilize several buds manually, but I noticed something strange. On the male blossoms there isn't anything I can identify as a stamen. Just to be sure, I rubbed the pistil looking part of the male blossom on the pistil of the female bud. Was this correct? Am I missing something? Please help. Thanks in advance.