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    Who has a green thumb and some advice to give?

    My 7 year old planted a pumpkin plant in the back yard. He has been doing an excellent job taking care of it. (Admittedly, I don't think it takes much to take care of a pumpkin plant but he is really trying).

    So what I have read about pumpkin plants is this:
    Make male and female flowers
    Blooms don't stay open long, must watch
    Best to help pollinate, bee's don’t always do the trick
    Plenty of water

    Anyway, there are plenty of male flowers. Recently, two female flowers appeared (identified by bulbs under flower) but the blooms didn’t open. They just died.

    What am I missing here? Is it the heat?


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    Re: Who has a green thumb and some advice to give?

    Sounds like they have chastity belts?



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    Re: Who has a green thumb and some advice to give?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbuk View Post
    Sounds like they have chastity belts?
    I don't know. Maybe the female flowers think they are just too good for the male flowers. Maybe the male flower needs to take female flower out for a couple of drinks and show her a good time.

    Who knows? I kill about every plant I touch.


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    Re: Who has a green thumb and some advice to give?

    Lots of info on the web, though more questions than answers. Looks to be a common question/problem.

    On this forum, post #8, there is info about high nighttime temps (above 65) causing pollination issues.


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    Re: Who has a green thumb and some advice to give?

    Yea, you definitely need cool temps at night. Or at least cooler than it has been. My friend who owns a large pumpkin patch thinks they won't have many pumpkins at all because of this heatwave.


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    Re: Who has a green thumb and some advice to give?

    Alright thanks for the info. I'll hope for cooler temps.

    I guess I can't blame the female flowers. My wife was pregnant in the summer twice and she was miserable.


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    Re: Who has a green thumb and some advice to give?

    I'm having a similar problem with my cantalope. 100 % male flowers. We need rain and cool weather. Lotsa luck with that!



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    Re: Who has a green thumb and some advice to give?


    Anyway, there are plenty of male flowers. Recently, two female flowers appeared (identified by bulbs under flower) but the blooms didnít open. They just died.

    I don't know, just watch to see if they grow. If you pick the blossums, wash,dip in flower and fry in butter until golden they are crispy and taste good.



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