by johnah on November 21, 2020
Cucumber Plant Pollination – How To Pollinate Cucumber By Hand
The following are some of the things you must know about cucumbers:
1) There are no male flowers on cucumber plants.
A female flower will only produce pollen when it receives a male’s pollen from another female. (Female flowers do not have seeds). Male flowers cannot reproduce themselves and they die out after producing their last drop of pollen.
2) When a male flower is pollinated, the seedless seeds inside the flower are released into the air.
These seeds are called “seeds” because they contain nothing but water and sugar. They grow and develop until they become mature fruit or pods which then fall to earth where humans eat them. Seeds are very small, so they aren’t easily visible to human eyes.
3) If you want to pollinate a cucumber, you must touch the seed with your finger or any other part of your body.
You cannot just place a piece of paper between two plants and hope for the best. The seed needs contact with something to germinate.
4) If you want to see what kind of seeds are inside a flower, look at its petals!
Flowers open up and close depending on whether there is pollen available or not. If the flower is closed, it means there are no more seeds available for collection.
5) Cucumbers pollinate themselves through animals and wind.
If you have a male and female flower, bees will be able to transfer the pollen from the stamen (male part of the plant) to the pistil (female part of the plant). Pollen should be transferred onto the stigma of the female plant.
6) Cucumbers that have both male and female flowers will turn into “freemartins.
” A freemartin is a name for a plant which contains a mixture of both female and male parts. The fruit will grow with some seeds and the rest of the fruit will just grow watery juice.
7) If you are looking to grow big cucumbers, it is best that you hand-pollinate the flowers!
It is very easy to do. Just open the male flower, by hand, and gently rub a little bit of pollen onto the female stigma. Then, wait for around 20-30 days for the fruit to grow.
We have provided you some of the most important information about how to tell if a cucumber is pollinated and how to hand-pollinate. That is all we have for now but we will be back with more soon!
Sources & references used in this article:
Cucumber: Cucumis sativus L. by T Tatlioglu – Genetic improvement of vegetable crops, 1993 – Elsevier
Honey bees as pollinators of pickling cucumbers in Wisconsin by NM Kauffeld, PH Williams – 1972 – pubag.nal.usda.gov
Effects of stingless bee (Heterotrigona itama) pollination on greenhouse cucumber (Cucumis sativus) by WA Azmi, N Samsuri, MFM Hatta, R Ghazi… – Malaysian Applied …, 2017 – researchgate.net