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Q.Why does my bird house Gourd have lots of flowers and no gourds.

Zone 97086 | Anonymous added on August 2, 2020 | Answered

My gourds have lots of leaves and flowers and not gourds. It is growing over an an old step ladder.

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Answered on August 4, 2020

An abundance of male flowers, with a lacking of female flower in gourds is usually an environmental issue. High heat, low humidity, shade, and underwatering can all cause these symptoms. Usually once the weather cools down, or humidity returns, there will be a better ratio of male to female blooms.

Alternatively, sometimes age plays a role here- Often, in a young gourd, male flowers will show first, and for quite a while before you see your first female blossom, which is attached to a miniature fruit. This is a waiting game. You just have to wait it out from here.

Here is an article that will help you to grow these to their potential: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/gourd/growing-gourd-plants.htm

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