Pollination in Flowers
In our garden, one pumpkin plant has grown healthy and strong with leaves and a large number of flowers. But no flower is bearing fruit, and flowers are withering away without bearing fruit. It seems pollination (self or otherwise) is not taking place in these flowers. Other plants having flowers, like chilies, etc., present in the garden are bearing fruit. Why are these pumpkin flowers not bearing fruit? Please suggest any remedy for proper pollination and bearing fruit in these pumpkin flowers. Please also advise whether artificial pollination or any other method for pollination can be initiated by us. Any specialty with regard to pumpkin flowers? Thank you.
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As with squash plants, this is typical behavior. They will produce mostly male (non-fruiting) blossoms early in the season (which normally fall off) and will gradually start to produce more female blossoms as the season progresses. Give it some time and you will see it start fruiting.