Behind the bright yellow female flower is a miniature cucumber.
The male flower is also bright yellow and grows close to the stem and only has a thin stalk. For indoor varieties the male flowers should be removed as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of fertilising the female flower on the developing cucumber fruit.
The Bumblebee visits a male cucirbit cucumber flower to collect pollen.
When the bee then enters the female flower, some of the pollen is transfered to the stigma which fertilizes the flower.
The cucumber fruits will swell and hang down as it grows, so provide support and enough space for the cucumbers to grow.
Plant on in John Innes compost No 3 in large pots or growbags
Cucumbers like moister conditions compared to Tomatoes
Planting to harvesting takes about 12 weeks
Indoor vatieties:- F1 Hana, Burpless Tasty Green, Crystal Apple. Luxury, Masterpiece, Zeina
Cucurbit Outdoor varieties:- Crystal Lemon, Bedfordshire Prize, King of the ridge, Puree Hybrid, Zeppelin, Patio Pik, Long white Paris, Japanese varieties, Kyoto, Tokyo slicer
Photography Neil Bromhall. www.complete-gardens.co.uk