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Ask a question now... growing pumpkins. They didn't get any bigger than 4 cm.

We had the greatest pumpkin vine, lush and green some of the flowers were cut off at the top of the flower stem. The flowers that were remaining were healthy and small fruit developed but did not grow bigger than about 4 cm and then started to rot on the vine. So we pulled the vine out yesterday and there was nothing growing. What could have gone wrong. We don't see any bees like we used to could this be part of the problem. Jan

Submitted: 04:02PM, 06 Mar 2010
Answer: Hi Jan, the small pumpkins you saw were actually the female flower ovaries, waiting to be fertilised to then grow into a pumpkin. If you have seen no bees then this is probably the cause of no pollination. The male flowers dont have the small 4cm ‘pumpkin’ so you gather pollen from these with a small paintbrush and transfer to the female flowers. best done about 9 in the morning when the female flowers are most receptive.
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