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I have many times planted cucumbers in my garden, hoping for a bountiful crop. But it seemed I only got a few cucumbers or not any at all, despite the fact that I had planted beautiful, bee-friendly flowers all around my garden.
So, I decided to educate myself on why the bees had snubbed my garden and did not do the difficult job they do every day during the season, which most of us take for granted. I really don't know the reason—perhaps my neighbors had a more appetizing pollen in their garden—but the bees passed my cucumber plants by.
I began looking for an alternative. I found that there was so much information I was not aware of.
The female cucumber flower has the tiny little fruit behind it that looks like a long stem. When I looked at my cucumber vine and saw that little cucumber, I used to think that it was certainly going to grow into a big, tasty-looking cucumber. However, I did not know then about the pollination process of cucumbers, and I was oblivious to the fact that my bees had apparently moved on, despite the flowers I had planted in my garden to attract them.
The male cucumber flowers have short stems that are very close to the vine.
The time of day matters: you should always pollinate in the early morning.