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Insecticides and Pollination
Insects begin their assault upon your pumpkin patch early in the season. They continue to be a threat all season long.
Honey bees and other insects, perform the essential pollination process, bringing pollen from the male flowers to the female flowers.
As the pollination period nears, pumpkins growers have a dilemma...... Insecticides fonot discriminate. They kill off the bad insects, and the good ones....the pollinators.
Not using insecticides, puts your plants at risk Using insecticides kills off the pollinators. What is a pumpkin grower to do!?
There are two approaches to this problem:
1. Stop applying insecticides during the pollination period. Cease insecticide applications about two weeks prior to the start of this period. After you have pumpkins growing on the vine, you can begin to apply insecticides once more.
2. Hand pollinate your crops. This is easily accomplished, if you have just a few plants. Hand pollination is impractical, for large crops. More on Hand Pollination.
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