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19 Jan 20 Peter Golding (Australia - temperate climate)
I live on Sydneys Northern Beaches. I have my pumpkin vines growing flat out on my lawn. Maybe 3 months since planting from seeds. I notice they produce many flowers but as yet most have dropped off and none have turned to fruit. I have possums and Bandicoots around but dont think they are causing the issue. How can I please keep the flowers from dropping off? I keep the water up to them and have used seaweed solutions a few times and added fertiliser pellets. Thanks for your help in advance
20 Feb 20 N (Australia - temperate climate)
Live in Melbourne and had the same problem... Then I started hand pollination and fruits were setting on 95% of my female flowers
20 Jan 20 anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I suggest you look up on the internet how to grow pumpkin. Look up how pumpkin needs bees to take pollen from the male flower to the female flower. Look to see if you have any plants flowers in your yard/neighbour that attract bees. Otherwise learn how to hand pollinate the female flowers.
21 Jan 20 Peter Golding (Australia - temperate climate)
Thank you I will do so
22 Feb 20 Lembit (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Does any one know why the we have to hand pollinate pumpkins - the bees used to do it when I was a child?
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