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Re: Poor pepper pollination problems


Bees adore that African blue basil, even more than the sweet Genovese.
 I can hardly keep it deadheaded for the numbers of bumble and honey
bees all over it.
If there are any beekeepers hereabouts, they must produce some marvelous honey.


On 8/2/05, james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
> I agree with Pam. You get pollinators, even reluctant ones, by
> attracting pollinators. I'm getting about 100 percent fruit set on my
> two cucumber vines by bumblebees. Bumblebees love Mexican petunias,
> which more or less surround the cucumbers. Plant something nearby like
> borage, which attracts zillions of honey bees, and I'm sure you'll have
> better results.
> 
> 
> On Aug 2, 2005, at 1:00 PM, Christopher P. Lindsey wrote:
> 
> > Hi guys,
> >
> >    I have ONE pepper plant in a container on my front step.  It's an
> >    heirloom that supposedly produces large, thick-walled lilac-colored
> >    fruit.
> >
> >    My parents have one as well and their plant does indeed produce
> > fruit
> >    that meets that description, so I don't think it's unreasonable for
> >    me to have the same expectations with my plant.
> >
> >    My plant is stubborn or sexually confused or something, though.
> >    It produces huge quantities of flowers (on a plant that's now 3'+
> >    tall!), but it has *never* set fruit.  I thought that peppers were
> >    self-pollinating, but this poor guy doesn't seem to have any
> > interest.
> >
> >    What's wrong?  Any ideas on what I can do to get some fruit of it?
> >    Do I need mood music?  A more secluded corner instead of a large pot
> >    on my front step?  Are the petunias planted around the base making
> > it
> >    ashamed?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Chris
> >
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> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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-- 
Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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