Cucumber Plants

Cucumber Pollination


Ernie789 added on April 25, 2015 | Answered

I have purchased a cucumber plant from Wilko. I have since repotted into a large tub and it is growing excellent. My question is: I have 3 females now with yellow flowers in bloom and one male beginning to form. Do I have to manually pollinate the females? It is called a cucumber variance and is a grafted vegetable. I have read that manually pollinating will make them taste bitter, yet others say it has to be done.


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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on April 26, 2015

Here are some links on hand pollinating cucumbers.
You may want to add a companion planting nearby they may attract bees.

I found nothing in my research that suggested manually pollinating would cause bitter fruit.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/cucumber/hand-pollinating-cucumbers.htm

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/mother-nature-may-need-help-pollinate-squash-and-cucumbers

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