Falling Cucumber Flowers

Posted on Sep 17 2010 - 3:49am by Mike Lieberman

The flowers on my cucumber plants are falling. For the most part, they appear to be doing well on my balcony garden.

They are continuing to grow up the tomato cages, but none have set any fruit, just fallen leaves.

I think this might be because of a pollination issue. I really haven’t seen many bees in and or around my balcony to pollinate the flowers.

In looking closer at the flowers, there are definitely a lot of male flowers, but no female flowers. You can tell a female flower because it has fruit behind the flower.

So I might have to keep a closer eye on the flowers that bloom and start to hand pollinate the flowers if need be. I never thought I’d be artificially inseminating cucumber flowers, but I gotta do what I gotta do.

I’m pretty sure that lack of pollination is causing the cucumber leaves to fall. What do you think?