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