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.