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Pollination


High fruit yields and appropriate fruit shapes are achieved when flowers are properly pollinated. The cucurbits require at least one hive per acre and each flower requires 10-15 bee visits to ensure adequate pollen transfer, good fruit set, and proper sizing. Be sure hives are distributed around the field and put hives out just before plants start flowering. Keep hives in place for 2-3 weeks and use pesticides with caution during flowering to minimize bee exposure.