Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Little leaf cucumber trial

Although this variety has the ability to set fruit without pollination (parthenocarpic), my plants are, like regular cucumbers, producing male flowers.
There are a few female flowers developing, and that in itself is encouraging for such immature plants. A female flower can be seen in the photo directly below the third black vine clip.

The telegraph improved cucumbers that I grew last year also produced a lot of male flowers before producing female flowers and fruit, so the little leaf appear to be no different in that respect.

So far training the plants to grow vertically has not been a problem. My plan is to provide horizontal support for any side shoots that develop and pinch out the growing tip of the side shoot two leaves beyond a female flower.

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