Why Are Cucumbers Not Bearing Fruit This Year

Question From: B. Brown - Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Q: Do you have any idea why cucumbers vines are not bearing this year? We have two vines, and our neighbor has one. Neither has gotten past the bloom state, and appear to be dying. We have replanted twice. Thanks for your help.

A: Could be several issues. Cukes produce male flowers first and then female flowers. Lack of pollinators might be the issue. Temps above 85 degrees are another. The plants don't set fruit. Try pollinating with a small paint brush. Pick up pollen from a male flower and brush it into the a female flower. Google photos of male and female cucumber flowers. Males have skinny stems and females has slightly swollen stems. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy