How to hand pollinate your courgette (cucurbits)

The courgette is a wonderful vegetable with a distinct female and male flower. πŸ₯’πŸ₯’πŸ₯’

🌸 The male flower will have a stalk and the female flower will have a fruit.

🌻 If the female flower is not pollinated, the plant will abort and you won’t have fruit.

That is why pollinators are extremely important. It is always essential to attract wildlife in your garden. πŸπŸžπŸ¦‹πŸ¦Ÿ

If you are growing in a terrace, balcony or if you don’t see many pollinators around: this technique is for you.

πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŒΎ STEP 1: Take a paint brush (or cotton buds) and swap the inside of the male flower to get the pollen. The pollen will be on the stamen (male reproductive organs of flowering plants).

πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŒΎ STEP 2: Then, slowly add the pollen onto the pistil ( female reproductive organs) of the female flower.

And that’s you done! Courgettes are very sensitive to heat and water. Take good care of them!

Published by Nadegegrows

Garden Assistant/Tend and Share project worker

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