Question about pumpkins

Question about pumpkins

Hey everyone. This is a question coming from a noob gardener. My pumpkin patch is beginning to bloom (yay!). I understand that the upper flowers are males and the lower ones on the vines are female which produce the pumpkin. So far a couple of flowers have bloomed. But to my dismay, by the end of the day it blooms, the (male) flower pedals are shriveled/wilted. I don't know everything about pollination and how that works, but my worry is how the flower will stay open long enough to allow bees or whatever to retrieve the pollen to pollinate the female flowers. The pumpkin patch has direct exposure to sunlight during most of the day. Is it possible that the sun is virtually "melting" the flower? I give enough water in the morning, the plants are extremely healthy (well the leaves are very green and strong anyway). My concern is pollination. Is this normal for a pumpkin flower to only last a day? How does this work?
  • Lilladyledfoot

    Take a feather early in the morning and twirl it around in several of the male flowers and then twirl it around in the female blooms. You will soon see pumpkins.

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