Cucumbers and Honey Bees

Posted By Gautham PB on Saturday 20th February 2021

Did you know - without honey bees you will not be able to savour on those crunchy juicy cucumbers you eat from healthy buddha (or for that matter anywhere).

Cucumber Plants and Honey Bees share a beautiful relationship. 

Cucumber plant grows both male and female flowers on the same plant. And it requires insects like bees for pollination.

So, if you walk into any organic cucumber field, you will get to witness some live drama happening. Like the one you see in the video below happening at Healthy Buddha Organic Farm.

Bright yellow flowers open in the morning to receive bees, eager to burrow deep within for nectar and pollen. In so doing, they transfer pollen from the male stamens to the female stigma — a little golden circlet that crowns the ovary, where a new fruit will form. 

If all goes well the ovaries of the female will soon swell and turn into something that resembles a tiny cucumber. If you see a lot of bees going in and out of the flowers, it’s a good sign.

Each cucumber blossom requires multiple visits to make a perfectly formed fruit. Much of the heavy work of pollinating vegetable crops is done by honey bees 

And it is very important not to use poisons (read as "chemicals") in the farm. For instance, Neonicotinoids are a group of insecticides used widely on farms and in urban landscapes. They are absorbed by plants and can be present in pollen and nectar, making them toxic to bees as well. 

Gautham PB is the Co Founder of Healthy Buddha and is  Passionate about educating customers about organic farming and produce. You can follow him on Instagram or twitter.

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