Cucumber Plants

Blossoms, Yet Not Vegetables

Anonymous added on August 2, 2011 | Answered

Garden soil tested 'ok'. Cucumbers, squash etc. had blossoms but either they fall off or they do no bear. We were told to use Organic Mushroom Compost to solve our problem. With a lot of salt in the above, should we mix either potting soil or manure with the Mushroom Compost? Do you feel the Organic Mushroom Compost is the answer?

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Answered on August 3, 2011

No, I don't think it will. This is typical behavior for curbit plants (squash, cucumber, melon). They will produce mostly male (non-fruiting) blossoms early in the season and will gradually start to produce more female blossoms as the season progresses. Give it some time and you will see it start fruiting. Here is how to tell a male from a female blossom:

If you are seeing fruit but they are falling off, it is a pollination issue and these article will help:

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