Bottle Gourd still has no female flowers.
Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:05 am
Ok so I planted these early May, starting them from seeds. I have two plants in two different containers and they are in very close proximity to each other. Yet all flowers that come up and bloom are male. I thought I had a female flower but as the flower got bigger and bloomed it turned out to be male. I've used an organic 'bloom mix' of 0-10-10 along with some humic acid, ground up egg shells, seaweed (from my trips to the beach) and even a bit of nitrogen. All this over the course of weeks and the bloom mix weekly. I live in a drier climate (zone 8) but I water them daily. The only perhaps different thing I have been doing is that we have a large back yard umbrella up. This way they don't wilt as bad when it's been 90 and over. They still get at least 4hrs of direct light -though as we cool it's getting to be less. Not sure how much longer these plants have and why they aren't putting out female flowers. Any ideas or suggestions as to what will help?