A Problem with Cucurbits

by Leslie Cox; Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cucurbita maxima 'Uchiki Red Kuri' with all male flowersI have been receiving queries lately about the lack of fruits on cucumber and squash plants. This prompts me to write about the Cucurbitaceae family in this blog. So here goes…

FYI: The Cucurbitaceae family encompasses cucumbers, summer squashes, winter squashes, pumpkins, gourds, watermelons, and muskmelons.

As a food grower…or grower of food…it is a little alarming to see a healthy plant with lots of flowers but no tiny fruits developing. Especially since summer is progressing and we want to harvest at least a few crops.

The current problem is: all of the flowers are male.

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by Leslie Cox; Saturday; July 22, 2017

Filipendula rubra 'Venusta' - flowerAs with all technology devices and programs, one sometimes runs into problems. Well…I have had one huge headache concerning my website which dates back to the beginning of April. Frustrations galore.

Since my tech guy has moved up into a whole new career and changed residence about two years ago, I have been muddling through on my own. But this recent case had me stumped. It even had the tech support team stumped over at my webhost server.

Until today. It’s fixed. Finally. But notice celebratory commentary is only laid down in lower case. And no exclamation marks. I am going to give the fix another two or three days of quiet breathing and silent prayers before I jump up and down over my tech issues being in my rearview mirror.

In the meantime…my humble apologies for not getting follow-up material to my Duchess of Dirt columns appearing in the Comox Valley Record posted up on my website.

I will be rectifying that omission over the next while. Please stay tuned.

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