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Why Are the Flowers Falling Off My Cucumber?

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I live in Tallahassee Florida. Why are the flowers on my cucumbers falling off?

Hardiness Zone: 8b

By Ed from FL

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May 6, 20100 found this helpful

Most likely what you are seeing are some of the early male flowers. Look at the base of the flowers and if you don't a swelling then it is a male flower.

The male flowers come on earlier than the females, natures way of making sure the flowers will get pollinated.

Here is a google site full of female flower pix so you will know the difference.

Good luck with your crop!

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May 9, 20100 found this helpful

You are probably seeing the male flowers fall off. If the flower has no mini-cuke shaped swelling at the base, it is male, and it is not a problem if it falls off. Cucumbers usually will get pollinated on their own (bees) so don't worry.

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