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Miss M
I'm growing chiqua (winter melon) and have plenty of female flowers but no male flowers; what went wrong?

I grew them from seeds from last year's crop; I water once daily in the afternoons and give a weekly application of Seasol. Can i do anything to encourage male flowers to grow?

Submitted: 04:28PM, 20 Feb 2011
Answer: Dear Miss M.
Usually it is the reverse, more male flowers than female flowers. Sometimes weather conditions can play a part in the production of flowers. From what I know, Chi qua perfer warm conditions to be productive in temperate areas during summer. This year temperatures have been up and down with little consistency. I would continue to keep your plants productive by applying a soluble fertiliser such as Thrive Soluble Flower & Fruit on a regular basis. This fertiliser will supply the necessary nutrients to promote good strong growth as well as enhance flowering. I am confident the male flowers will appear and you will be able to pick this interesting crop.
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