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  • Dave Green
    You d be amazed how many of this type of post shows up on various garden forums... Dave Re: Pumpkins ... produced started off yellow. one started getting
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      You'd be amazed how many of this type of post shows up on various garden forums...  Dave
       
       
      Re: Pumpkins

      --- In TheVeggiePatch@yahoogroups.com,         [California gardener]...> wrote:
      >

      > I planted a pumpkin
      plant. It grew really long. all the tiny pumpkins that it
      produced started off yellow. one started getting pretty good sized and had
      started to darken this past week, while all the rest just died. now the one that
      was growing is all mushy and dying.>


      The fruit is aborting because not enough seeds were fertilized at pollination.
      They turn yellow and wither or rot. The one that grew the best had the most
      seeds, but it still doesn't sound like it was enough.

      I don't know how much season you have left there, but you have nothing to lose
      by removing all the junk and hand pollinating new flowers.

      Remember it takes many grains of pollen to supply enough for the majority of the
      seeds. And that means many bee visits.

      You may have low bee populations in your area and a single plant may not have
      gotten their attention. Or possibly you or your neighbors poisoned the bees on
      the pumpkin, or on other flowers they were working, by applying insecticide
      while the plants were in bloom.

      Remember it takes many grains of pollen to supply enough for the majority of the
      seeds. And that means many bee visits. The fruit can only grow to the extent the
      seeds were fertilized. If you get 90+ per cent fertilized, you'll have the best
      possible fruit (assuming all other cultural factors are provided).

      Pollination is the most often misunderstood or simply missed factor in garden
      and sometimes even in field production.

      Dave AKA Pollinator

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