Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable Plants Flower but Do Not Produce Fruit

Anonymous added on March 28, 2014 | Answered

Vegetable plants produce plenty of flowers but limited fruit. The garden area receives sun from 10-6 every day. How can we remedy the situation?

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Answered on March 28, 2014

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. If this is a problem with ALL your vegetables, then it could be either a fertilizer issue. Too much nitrogen can inhibit fruiting while the plants themselves will have lush growth. Adding some bone meal to the garden soil around plants will help add more phosphorus to the soil and promote better flowering and fruiting. Also, if you are getting plenty of flowers but nothing produces, then it can be due to poor pollination. Hand pollination often helps. Here is more information:

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