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How do I know male or female cucumbers

Shropshire, United Kingdom Gb

Grown cucumbers from seed now about inch or so high. Neighbour tells me to throw some away - male or female - I dont know which - and I dont know how you tell the difference. What happens if you put them all in grow bags (I have about 10 I think).



I don't think you'll be able to tell at the seedling stage.

When they flower the male has no lump at the base of the flower. The female has a large round lumpy bit which will develop into the fruit. A pregnant lump, lol.

I think you need the males for a while to pollinate the females and then you get rid of them so all the energy can go into the females to produce the fruit.

If I'm wrong, then I'm sure an expert will correct me. :-)

13 May, 2009


im not an expert but in some varieties the male flower polinates the female flower and the fruits are bitter. thats why we are advised to remove the male flower. the female flower has, as you say the swelling behind the petals. it looks like a very small cucumber.

i wouldnt put more than 2 in a grow bag as they are hungry/thirsty plants. [and how many cucumbers can you eat?] :o)

13 May, 2009


Have a look at the seed packet - it should say whether it's a self-fertile one or whatever. I bought an F1 plant that the lable says I don't need to remove the male flowers from. With 10 plants, you'll be able to go into business lol

13 May, 2009

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