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Cucumber: male/female flowers


 
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MargeSimpson
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 4:34 pm    Post subject: Cucumber: male/female flowers Reply with quote

I just pulled a flower from my cucumber plant thinking it was a male flower and now I'm second guessing myself.

The first pic shows a female flower and the second pic is a male... right?




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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes the female has the baby cucumber behind the flower
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check the variety you are growing. It is a common myth that all need the male flower removed.
Seems to have become 'common knowledge' in last fwe decades, but I've been reading a few old (60's and 70's) gardening/veg books and aparently there are toehr causes for bitterness and the male flowers are blamed a lot fo the time incorrectly.
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