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Re: Tha Crackas first stab at a garden.

More pics.
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Re: Tha Crackas first stab at a garden.

yeah I would say it's a cucumber. It will start getting bigger and look more like one soon

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Re: Tha Crackas first stab at a garden.

Yuppers. What you have there with a baby cucumber attached to the base of the flower is the FEMALE cucumber flower. These are the ones that, when pollinated, will grow into cucumber fruits. The flowers you have been seeing on the cucumber plants, that had NO baby cukes attached were the MALE flowers. Their sole function is to produce pollen and have them transported to the female blossoms to pollinate them. usually they are open for one day only.

Wasps and flies, ants, even hummingbirds can also transfer pollen to the female blossoms. Easiest way to do this yourself is to pluck a male blossom and have it "kiss" -- face-to-face -- a female blossom.

The tomatoes are looking good! Those flowers are self pollinating. The cone shaped yellow part is called "anther cone" and produce pollen inside. Wind or bee buzzing on the blossom causes the pollen to be released and "snows" over the female part of the blossom inside or just protruding from the cone (usually inside). You can simulate the bees by touching the arching stem of the blossoms with an electric toothbrush. It is kind of fun because you will actually see pollen come right out of the anther cone. Same thing can be done with peppers and eggplants.

But I see in your windowbox, spinach, basil, and what looks like corn seedlings?
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Re: Tha Crackas first stab at a garden.

No corn lol. Just spinnach and basil. And in the main hub there are tons of what appear to be fruit flys crawling aroung on the soil. Its strange.

And can a cucumber plant have both male and female flowers? Or does each plant gender specific.

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Re: Tha Crackas first stab at a garden.

Cucumber is a member of cucurbit family -- cucumber, squash, melon, gourd -- and normally they each have both male and female blossoms. IME typically the male blossoms start opening about a week to 10 days before female blossoms show up and open, but I have heard others have seen opposite sequence.

There are newer hybrids that grow mostly female blossoms with separate male pollinator hybrid -- I can't remember what they are called, but these are sold with a 2nd small packet of male variety seeds inside the packet of larger number of female variety seeds.... Or sometimes the two varieties are mixed in a packet and you need to plant the entire packet to be sure of planting the males. I never get this kind because I wouldn't have the room to grow that many.

There are also parthenocarpic hybrid varieties which do not need to be pollinated to develop fruits which are meant for greenhouse and hoop house culture with no insect pollinators. I have heard that these if pollinated, develop fruits that are not as good eating in some way.
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Re: Tha Crackas first stab at a garden.

So I managed to get a pic of one of the 50ish mini flys that cawl on the dirt in my main hub. They have wings but ive never seen them fly. Any guesses?

I also show a pic of something thats been going around from flower to flower "pollinating"I hope. Looks like baby wasp without the stinger.
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Re: Tha Crackas first stab at a garden.

The "mini wasp" is a member of the Garden Patrol : Subject: SYRPHID • HOVER FLY, Garden Patrol Aphid Specialist

...I can't tell what the other one is...
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Re: Tha Crackas first stab at a garden.

How will I know when the cucumbers are successfully pollinated?

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Re: Tha Crackas first stab at a garden.

The female blossom petalss will shrivel but the stem and baby cukes will not yellow and fall off -- they will continue to grow into cucumbers.
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Re: Tha Crackas first stab at a garden.

So just uploading some pics to show how I am doing. Oh and my rosemary and oregano plants have popped up.
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