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Cucumber and Gherkin

Bumblebee pollination in cucumbers and gherkins

Most greenhouse cucumber varieties bear only female flowers with parthenocarpic fruit set abilities. Fruit can grow without pollination. However, non-parthenocarpic varieties do require cross-pollination. Compared to honey bee pollination, the use of bumblebees results into lower abortion rates and fruit quality. Therefore, bumblebees are better pollinators for non-parthenocarpic cucumbers.

Biological control in cucumbers and gherkins

Use biological control to ensure a vigorous and healthy crop and to cut back on harmful and persistent pesticides. Pests develop resistance to pesticides: a vicious circle leading to even more chemicals with less effect. Biological control helps you to break this circle.

Biocontrol as your first line of defense has the following advantages:

  • Good yield;

  • High quality;

  • Safe working place for you and your employees;

  • Protection of the environment;

  • Residue-free production.

Retailers and consumers demand for safe fruits produced in a sustainable way. Therefore, good IPM practice is also an essential marketing tool.

Good to know

Cucumbers are widely used in body and skin care. Did you know they contain a unique combination of sterols, cucurbitacins, lignans and flavonoids, which provide valuable anti-cholesterol, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. A vegetable with such wonderful health benefits deserves to be brought to the consumer residue-free. Grow it using the best natural crop care!  

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