Container Culture: Flower, but No Fruit
Plants such as cucumbers, melons, and squash have two kinds of flowers, a male flower, which looks like a regular flower, and a female flower, which has the hint of fruit at the end of the bloom. If one doesn’t share pollen with the other, away goes the fruit.
"There are a few reasons why bees aren’t pollinating your plants," says Randel Agrella, seend production manager for Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. “One reason may be as simple as the bees not finding your plants. This is a big problem in urban areas, but also it can sometimes happen in rural areas and the bees just don’t find the plant for some reason.” Agrella recommends putting what he calls “bee food” around the plants that need to be pollinated: lemon balm, basil, and anything from the mint family.
Read more about pollinating your plants, and hugging your friendly local bees, here.

Container Culture: Flower, but No Fruit

Plants such as cucumbers, melons, and squash have two kinds of flowers, a male flower, which looks like a regular flower, and a female flower, which has the hint of fruit at the end of the bloom. If one doesn’t share pollen with the other, away goes the fruit.

"There are a few reasons why bees aren’t pollinating your plants," says Randel Agrella, seend production manager for Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. “One reason may be as simple as the bees not finding your plants. This is a big problem in urban areas, but also it can sometimes happen in rural areas and the bees just don’t find the plant for some reason.” Agrella recommends putting what he calls “bee food” around the plants that need to be pollinated: lemon balm, basil, and anything from the mint family.

Read more about pollinating your plants, and hugging your friendly local bees, here.