Pumpkin Plant Not Producing: Why A Pumpkin Plant Flowers But No Fruit

by johnah on November 27, 2020

Pumpkin Plant Not Producing: Why A Pumpkin Plant Flowers But No Fruit

The following are some of the reasons why a pumpkin plant doesn’t produce fruit or flowers. Some of them may seem obvious while others might be surprising. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

1) You don’t Have Enough Light: Pumpkins need light for their growth and development.

They need at least 12 hours of direct sunlight every day. When they’re exposed to less than 12 hours of sun, their leaves will turn yellow and die. That’s why if you want your pumpkins to flower, you must provide enough light for them.

2) You Don’t Have Enough Water: Pumpkins require water for proper growth and development.

They need at least 1 gallon per day just like humans do. If you don’t provide enough water, your pumpkins won’t get enough nutrients to develop properly.

3) You Don’t Have Enough Space: Pumpkins need space to grow and develop.

They need room to move around, so they can reproduce. They also need room for seeds to germinate and sprout up into new plants. If you don’t give them enough space, they will start crowding each other.

This will cause stress and will prevent your pumpkins from growing up strong and healthy.

4) You Are Abusing Your Pumpkins: You need to treat your pumpkins with care so you can enjoy them longer.

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If you kick or step on them, this may damage their internal organs which can ultimately kill them or prevent them from producing fruit. Keep your pumpkins away from extreme temperatures like heat and cold, as they will die or prevent them from producing fruit.

5) You Are Pollinating Your Pumpkins: Pumpkins don’t produce fruits if they aren’t pollinated.

This means that you should manually transfer pollen from the flowers of one pumpkin plant to another pumpkin plant. If you don’t transfer the pollen, the flowers will fall off without developing fruits.

6) You Are Using The Wrong Type Of Pumpkin: Some types of pumpkins are bred and cultivated specifically to be eaten, while others are bred and cultivated specifically to be used as carving or decorative pieces for Halloween.

The ones that are bred and cultivated to be eaten do produce fruits when pollinated, however, they don’t taste very good. On the other hand, the ones that are bred and cultivated to be carved or used as decorative pieces don’t produce fruits, however, they taste very good.

7) You Don’t Know How To Pollinate Your Pumpkins: It’s easy!

All you need is a small paintbrush or any other similar tool to transfer the pollen from one flower to another. If you want to learn more about how to do it, you can easily find videos or articles on the internet that can help you.

As you can see, there are many reasons why a pumpkin plant won’t produce fruits. Fortunately, aside from the ones you can prevent such as not enough light, water or space, most of these reasons are completely out of your control. This means that even if you don’t provide proper care for your pumpkins, it’s still possible to get fruits as long as you increase their chances by manually pollinating them.

In this regard, the best time for you to do the pollination is in the morning. In the morning, your pumpkins are still cool and are at the peak of their nutritional content. They will also be hydrated since it’s still early and won’t have expended much water due to insufficient sun.

Furthermore, as I’m sure you know, bees are more active in the morning as well. So if you do the pollination just before noon, you can be reasonably assured that by evening your pumpkins will have developed fruits.

I hope this information was helpful, and I wish you the best of luck with your pumpkin patch!


Bryce Gruber

Professor of Pumpkinology


After reading this, you may be asking yourself “Why didn’t he just do the pollination himself?”

Well I did attempt to do the pollination, but unfortunately my hand got caught in a bear trap that I lost while navigating my way through a dark and confusing maze. As a result, I had to have my assistant, Ben, to do it for me since the pollen had already been transferred before my accident. However, I’m sure you, as a otherworldly being of great magical power, will have no such issues.

You look at the letter once again as you try to absorb all the information it contains. It makes sense now, how come the pumpkins never did grow even though you were providing everything they needed. Pumpkins aren’t meant to be eaten, they’re meant to become decorations.

This is probably going to sound a bit odd, but you feel a little disappointed that you won’t get to taste these pumpkins. Despite everything you’ve been through, you still half imagined that you would be rewarded for your efforts. Of course, you know that’s not how it works, but it still feels a bit unreal that all your effort was in vain.

As if sensing your disappointment, Catherine places her hand on yours and tells you that everything will be alright. You look at her and nod while forcing a smile, even though you don’t feel like things are going to be ‘alright’. After all, you still have no idea what the future holds for you and Catherine.

Maybe you’ve been in this situation too long, but you find yourself wishing there was another way. If only there was a book or something that could help you with your situation. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be anything of the sort…or does there?

You look over at the bookshelf one last time and notice something that you missed before. There are several notebooks piled in the corner of the bookshelf. Upon further inspection, you see that they are filled with notes about pumpkin growth, mainly the one’s you’ve been reading.

It seems a bit silly that you never paid too much attention to them before, considering how far you went in your dream to read about them.

There are also some other notebooks stored on the shelf, these ones don’t have anything to do with pumpkins though. They are filled with notes about other types of plants and flowers. You never realized that you would need to learn about something other than pumpkins in order to help them grow, but it makes sense since pumpkins aren’t the only plant in the world.

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Curious about these books, you pick one up and begin reading through it. Soon, you find yourself immersed in their contents as if you were reading a novel. You learn about different types of flowers and what they represent, the history behind them, and even how to care for them.

You learn how to give them the best growing environment, how to make them in visible in a variety of situations, and how to make them bloom at certain times and specific days. It’s actually very fascinating!

You continue to read through the bookshelf and find books on other topics such as animals, trees, weather, human anatomy, etc. Everything you could ever want to know about the world around you is in these books, and you feel as if you have a master’s degree in botany after reading through the book on flowers.

In addition to all this knowledge, your headache has completely disappeared and you now know that you won’t suffer another one ever again. You feel better than ever, and it’s as if you’re in the best physical shape that you’ve ever been in. There’s no way that you or Catherine could lose this race now!

You find yourself getting excited about the prospect of winning this race and begin pacing up and down the rows of books. You’re tempted to start reading some of them, but try to rein in your enthusiasm so you don’t lose focus. There will be plenty of time to read when you don’t have to run around and chase ghosts anymore.

Hey, are you alright?”

asks Catherine.

You look at her and nod.

“I’m great! I feel better than ever, let’s get going!” you say, bursting with energy.

Catherine doesn’t share your enthusiasm, and with good reason considering that she had to wake up early on what is the last day of her life.

Hold on, aren’t we going to eat breakfast first? You know, since we haven’t ate in a while?”

she asks.

“Of course, of course. I want to be at my peak performance, let’s get some food in me and we can get on with this.” you say, already on your way to the cafeteria.

You walk to the cafeteria with Catherine in silence. You’re so excited about today that you’re having a hard time containing your enthusiasm. Your hands are even slightly shaking with eagerness.

When you arrive at the cafeteria, it’s mostly empty. A few nurses that didn’t sleep in the hospital are eating breakfast, but otherwise it’s just you and Catherine.

The two of you receive your food and sit a table in the corner to eat together.

So what made you decide to join the race this morning?”

you ask.

“I thought it would be fun.” she answers.

You thought it would be fun to chase ghosts through hills?”

Wouldn’t you? Don’t you think it would be fun?”

“Yeah, I do actually. I don’t know why I never thought about joining before. It’s probably far less dangerous than my other hobbies.”

You have other hobbies?”

“I like to explore the woods around my house, or at least I did before it started calling to me. That’s how I found the portal and the book in the first place. There’s a whole secret world behind my house.”

“Ah, I see. That sounds like fun. I’d like to do that one day…

assuming I don’t get eaten by a ghost in the next few hours.”

A silence falls over the two of you as you realize the grim reality of the situation. The food gets stuck in your throat as you struggle to force it down. You hate this aspect of the race, even though you knew it was coming.

“Come on, we need to get going.” You say.

“Yeah…okay.” Catherine says, defeated.

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You pay for your food and quickly make your way out of the hospital and to the parking lot where you left your car. Thankfully it’s still there, because you doubt if you’d have time to run home and get it. After Catherine gets in, you go around and get in the driver’s seat.

“Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride.” You say as you start the car.

Catherine does as she’s told and fastens her seatbelt. You then drive out of the parking lot and back onto the streets. For most of the ride, there’s an awkward silence inside the car, as you’re both trying to come to grips with the situation.

“Hey, so you can drive now.” Catherine suddenly says.

“Yeah, I got my license a few months ago.” you say.

Remember when we used to pretend you were driving and I was the passenger?

We’d hold the imaginary steering wheel and shift imaginary gears.”

You smile as you remember those days. Those were simpler times, but in a way they were some of the best days of your life.

“Yeah, I remember.”

Another silence falls upon the two of you. However, it’s not an awkward silence this time. It’s one of pleasant nostalgia and fond memories of the past.

How is Elizabeth?”

Catherine suddenly asks, breaking the silence.

“She’s doing well. She’s in her second year of medical school right now. I talk to her on Skype sometimes.

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She tells me about all her adventures in medical school. She’s even in Africa right now doing medical work.”

“Wow, that’s amazing… I’m so proud of her.”

“Yeah…” you say, your voice trailing off.

Again, the silence returns.

So why did you want to be a doctor?

You always did like playing doctor when we were kids.”

You smile briefly, but then a sad look comes across your face.

“I don’t know… I guess it seemed really important to you, so I tried to follow in your footsteps.

You were my best friend, so if being a doctor was what you liked, then it was definitely something I wanted to do too.”

“I’m sorry…” Catherine says.

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“It’s not your fault. Really, it’s not. It’s just life I suppose.”

You turn on to the street that leads to the park and find that there is a police barricade blocking the road. In fact, there are several police cars parked along the both sides of the road. You can see several policemen standing around with the obvious intent of keeping people from going into the park.

“Shit…” you mutter.

What’s going on?”

Catherine asks.

“It looks like the police are trying to cordon off the park.”

“You have to turn around, we have to go into that park!”

“They’re not just keeping people out, they’re sealing off the whole area.”

“We have to go in!”

“Don’t worry, we will. I’ll just go around the barricade.”

Determined to enter the park, you continue down the road and slowly pass by the barricade. Most of the policemen don’t even notice, as they’re focused on keeping bystanders from entering, but some of them do notice and an officer steps in front of your car.

“Hey you can’t…” he says, before your window smashes into his face.

You press down on the gas and race past the barricade, as several officers fire their guns at your car. Large holes appear in your windshield, but you don’t hear any shatter sounds, so you must still have safety glass. You drive forward, straight past the police cars and head for the park.

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“Look out!” Catherine shouts, but you can’t swerve right now, so you just hope that they either miss or their bullets don’t go through your windshield.

Three shots ring out and you feel a pain in your chest. You look down and blood has stained through your shirt. You try to keep going, but another shot makes you swerve and your car slams into a tree.

“Shit!” you shout, grabbing your chest in pain.

You look at Catherine and see that she’s bleeding from her head. The bullet went straight through your windshield and hit her in the head. You’re in too much pain to move and you can’t hear any sounds from outside the car, so you don’t even know if the police are approaching.

You look over at Catherine and see that she’s still alive, if only barely.

“Catherine!” you shout, trying to wake her up.

She groans slightly and turns towards you. You look into her eyes and touch her face, but there’s so much blood. Way too much blood.

You don’t know what to do in this situation. The police are still outside and you need to either escape or finish off Catherine.

“Catherine… you have to get up…

come on…” you say, as tears start to well up in your eyes.

“I’m so sorry…”

Catherine slowly opens her one good eye and looks over at you. A single tear falls from your face and hits her on the cheek, but she doesn’t flinch. Her silence breaks your heart even more.

“Please… don’t leave me.”

Sources & references used in this article:

Effects of 2‐Chloroethylphosphonic Acid and Gibberellic Acid on Sex Expression and Growth of Pumpkins by WE Splittstoesser – Physiologia plantarum, 1970 – Wiley Online Library

Pumpkin variety ZYD5B by TH Superak – US Patent 6,414,224, 2002 – Google Patents

Pumpkin variety RS1294 by R Stracheljahn – US Patent 5,811,642, 1998 – Google Patents

Efficacy of ISSR and SRAP techniques for molecular characterization of some Cucurbita genotypes including naked (hull-less) seed pumpkin by N Inan, M Yildiz, S Sensoy, S Kafkas… – … of Animal & Plant …, 2012 – academia.edu

Pumpkin variety RS 1090 by RL Majchrowski – US Patent 5,457,278, 1995 – Google Patents



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