Help with Pumpkin Blossoms

rosaramaJune 10, 2009

My pumpkin vine keeps flowering, but something is biting the blossoms clean and the stalk is left upright. I saw a large flower this morning but this afternoon there was no sign of the blossom only the upright stalk. I kept wondering why I had so many flowers but no fruit.

Can someone please help me?

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iam3killerbs(7 NC Sandhills)

Are these the male flowers or the female flowers?

Pumpkins and squash often have male flowers for a little while before they have the female flowers and the male flowers are supposed to fall off when they are done.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 7:55PM
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weirdtrev

The flowers only last a day. They open in the morning and shrivel by night. When they fall off they leave a bare flower stalk which later shrivels. The flowers can fall off within one day but typically hang around all shriveled for a few days. If something is eating your flowers, it doesn't even matter as long as it is only eating male flowers because fter the males open in the morning their job is done. After that it doesn't matter what happens to the males. It might be nothing or it might be a rabbit or other rodent. You can put up a little fence to deter them if your are concerned.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 8:01PM
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rosarama

Thanks for your prompt responses. I have two quetions, however.
(1) How do I know the male blossoms different from the female?
(2) If the blossoms drop, shouldn't there be even a piece of it on the ground below? I see no evidence of that.
Thanks again.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 8:45PM
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iam3killerbs(7 NC Sandhills)

The female flowers have a miniature squash attached to them. After fertilization this tiny squash grows into the full-sized vegetable we love so much.

Here's my first zucchini:

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 10:04PM
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rosarama

Thank you so much - I'm off to take a peek at the the three large flowers I can see from my window.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 9:35AM
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quillsd

female flowers have a bump underneath them if their not pollinated.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 10:41PM
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quillsd

here's a pic of a female pumpkin flower

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 10:46PM
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rosarama

Thanks to you all. I saw my first pumpkin on the vine yesterday - it s in a tangerine tree in whih the vine climbed. Guess I will have to make aling for it. I threatened last week to pull up the vine so I guess it heard me (lol)

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 8:21PM
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