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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.

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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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