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Is my pumpkin flower dead???

Posted by TieMint 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 12, 12 at 11:56

I am worried. Two days ago, when I was watering the plants, this female plant was healthy with a nice, round, huge fruit growing underneath it, and it was tinting a nice orange so I thought it would blossom sometime this week.

However, I just watered the plants - I slept through my alarm - just five minutes ago and the flower itself, has not blossomed yet, is brown and looks as if its dead. Is this normal, or did I water the plants too much? Can you please help me?

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RE: Is my pumpkin flower dead???

Your baby pumpkin was not pollinated and will shrivel and fall off. If it had been pollinated(by you or insects)it would have continued to grow and stay green until it matured and turned orange. The blossoms are only open for a short time, so there is just a small window of opportunity for pollinators. HTH

RE: Is my pumpkin flower dead???

TieMint, Many flowers such as this one will not open to be pollinated. Yes it is natural. I would say about 25% of mine do not open to get pollinated. Some just don't or the plant is not strong enough to support it yet so it aborts. This year with the drought it has been especially so. It is disappointing especially if you only have a few vines. To give your plant a chance to support more pumpkins pile some good dirt under the vines where the leaf intersections are, they shoot down roots there and this will give more nutrition to this part of the vine. I usually do this also under the vine where a new pumpkin will form. Good luck on the next one and don't feel bad.

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