Hand Pollinating Melons

Is there any way I can pollinate my cantaloupe flowers by hand? The bee shortage is causing all my blossoms to go untouched. Out of 50 blooms so far, only 3-4 are setting fruit. Some start then turn yellow and some do nothing at all. Help please. We love them and my little family tries every year to no avail.

By Grateful in GA

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July 16, 20110 found this helpful

Have you thought about using a small artist paintbrush to transfer the pollen from one blossom to another? From hope your melon dream comes true!

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July 20, 20110 found this helpful

Use a small artist's paint brush. Brush over the male flower followed by a brushing on the female flower. This will pollinate the female flower and should work to provide fruit.

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