Pollination

The first flowers to appear will be males and won’t produce any fruit. These will soon be followed by the female flowers, which can be identified by what looks like a tiny fruit behind them. If these are fertilized the fruit will swell within 4 or 5 days.

If the temperature is very cool (below 50˚ F) the females may not be pollinated and the tiny ‘fruit’ will drop off. It is quite easy to hand pollinate, but this is rarely necessary.