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Pumpkin Pollination

June 22, 2009

Pumpkin blossom being pollinated

Pumpkin blossom with bee

One of the small raised beds in the front section of the Carolina Victory Garden is home to the pumpkin vines. I planted small sugar pumpkins back in April with the hopes of growing several of these small delights. They make the most wonderful pies. Growing notes on the seed packet remind the grower that pumpkins have both male and female flowers and that they need to be pollinated 8-10 times by a pollinator. It goes on to suggest that the grower plant bee attracting flowers close by. As suggested I have planted both borage and cosmos close by though the borage has not seen fit to bloom just yet.

I went out the other morning to check on the garden before we left for a week of business meetings out west and was delighted to see that in spite of the fact that neither the borage nor the cosmos had bloomed, a pollinator was hard at work. Mmmm…I sure hope those bees get down to business so I can make some good pies! I’ll keep you posted.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2009 11:12 pm

    Nature’s pollinator at work! so…8- 10 times? Think they counted?

    • Lauren permalink*
      June 23, 2009 8:38 am

      I don’t know about the counting….they are very thorough at Territorial Seed so I guess anything is possible.

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