This is my second year growing cucumbers in 5 gallon containers.
Last year I noted that the Sweet success cucumbers plants would flower and I would see the little cucumber behind the flower and they wouldnâ€™t develop but just die off until later in plants growth. But even then after a few cucumbers making it to maturity I still saw some flowers and cucumbers behind them dying off.
This year I am seeing the same thing. When I picked up the seedlings from the plant nursery this time I asked the â€œexpertsâ€ why this occurs and I was told it was a pollination issue. Well I'm not the brightest person in the world but I did read that sweet success cucumbers self pollinate. And the guy told me I need to help with the pollination with the q tip trick. Well with the plant not having male flowers where do I get pollen? If the answer is other female flowers I have to wonder why if self pollinating they wouldnâ€™t already have pollen in all flowers
Last year I got 21 cucumbers from 6 plants grown 3 to a bucket.