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What is the best way to manually pollenate cucumbers?

 
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Hi Y'all,
I have the best looking cucumber plants this spring that I have ever had. They are growing, climbing blossoming profusely but very few cukes are growing. I haven't seen any bees around them and wonder how can I pollenate them myself. I've tried using a Q-tip, I've tried plucking the male blossoms and manually pollenating the female ones with them, but I need professional advice! What's the best way to do this?
 
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If I were manually pollinating cucumbers, a soft paint brush would be my preferred tool.



 
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How hot has it been there? My cousin used to raise a 1000 acres of cucumbers a year. He said when it’s too hot that they just make vines. If it cools off, they’ lll make lots of fruit.  He seems to be right from what I’ve seen. I think the blooms just get too dry too fast. Hand pollinating could help, but not having bees may not be the whole problem. There are lots of pollinators besides honey bees too.

If it’s not hot there, then I’m all wrong.
 
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Its been a very hot year.   The latest snow I can remember.. 3rd week April and then right in to summer heat that hasn't let up.. No real spring to speak of.
I've used the very softest puffiest paint or erm makeup brush on hand to pollinate.
 
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