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bottle Gourd fruits not produce

Gourd    Guntur

I am from India, I planted some bottle gourds in my home garden past 3 months. Water is supplied regularly. Flowers are growing and small fruits are growing. There is no pests are there, leafs are good condition. But Fruits are not grows big size. fruits are destroys in small size after flower. They are not grown like big size gourd. Why & What is the problem for that? what type of grow fertilizers could i use? Tell me the solution for that. I send a picture for that. fruits are grows like that in the picture. fruits don't grow in a big size. i am waiting for your reply. thank you


Posted by: Satyanarayana (1 point) Satyanarayana
Posted: January 24, 2016




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The main issue with bottle gourd is pollination even though it produces large number of male and female flowers (generally 10:1 ratio). Pollination depends on bees. In general if the pollination does not occur, female flower will grow initially but fall off later. So if your garden is lack of bees you should go for hand pollination.

Hand pollination can be done by using soft brush. Run the soft brush on opened male flower and then on to female flower. Repeat the procedure for 2 to 3 days. (Both flowers look similar but male flower grows on long peduncle and female flower on short peduncle but it has an ovary in the shape of the fruit).






Posted by: Dr. Ravishankar Narayana (13 points) Dr. Ravishankar Narayana
Posted: January 24, 2016


Lata Raman commented,
Hi, I have two cucumber plants. One is growing vigorously and producing lots of male flowers only for 3 weeks now. Should i prune for lateral shoots to promote female flowers or does one need to apply some fertilizers. If you can suggest some easy DIY will be good. I also have a bottle gourd plant which has just started flowering. I read somewhere that female flowers appear in lateral branches and hence the tips should be pruned/pinched. Is that correct? I have pinched the tip (vine is about 5 ft.) and lateral branches are growing. Also for both plants, during flowering should one apply fertilizer? I have home compost liquid, is it ok to apply. Thank you. Lata Raman
over 4 years ago.

Dr. Ravishankar Narayana commented,
Generally cucumber plant produce female flowers one or two weeks after first male flower (some time it may take more time). I think wait for some more days female flowers will develop eventually. Usually if soil contain more nitrogen plant produce more male flowers or if it contain more phosphorus more female flowers will appear. I believe it is too late to apply any fertilizers but still you can apply compost liquid. Yes pinching off the main tip of veins when the plants are 3-4 feet long encourages more lateral branches and more female flowers.
over 4 years ago.

Lata Raman commented,
Thank you for your response and suggestions. I have one more query. My eggplant is producing lots of flowers, but after hand pollination they dry and fall off. Is there some deficiency. I water adequately. Thank you
over 4 years ago.

Dr. Ravishankar Narayana commented,
It may be due to hot and dry weather condition. How is the weather condition in your place?
over 4 years ago.

Lata Raman commented,
Sorry for my late response, but in the interim i have one egg plant growing. But its only one for the time being. Lots of flowers but only one eggplant. I am based in Delhi/NCR. Temperatures is around 35 degrees, but its monsoons now so intermittent rains alternate days. While its not raining, its hot and humid. A second issue with my bottle gourd, after pinching i noticed small female flowers. But after 3-4 days i see they are not growing is size and drying off. Is it due to the rains?. Thanks
over 4 years ago.



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Hello, A few days ago i shared my concerns with cucumber and bottle gourd not flowering well. Finally after almost a month and a half of lots of male flowers my cucumber has started producing female flowers. Hope there are more to follow. Just thought of sharing my experience that there might be one long wait after the male flowers for female flowers to develop. My bottle gourd i am still waiting for the female flowers. Some that appeared dried and fell off. Lets hope it also picks up. Thanks


Posted by: Lata Raman (1 point) Lata Raman
Posted: July 24, 2016




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