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Overwatering (especiallyOverwatering (especially during the last stages of fruit development), lack of nutrients, or disease may cause bland flavor. The plant will normally abort about 70-percent of its female flowers once some are pollinated. Poor fruit set may be caused by inadequate pollination; if a flower is poorly pollinated, it may start to develop the fruit, but may then abort it in a few weeks, or the fruit may continue to develop but be misshapen. Poor pollination may be affected by cool, wet weather (bees aren't as active). Very hot weather can also affect fruit set. If you think your trouble is due to pollination, next time you might try hand-pollinating the flowers and providing plants nearby that attract bees; avoid pesticides that are harmful to bees. Water deeply but infrequently, and cut back a little on watering in the last stages of fruit development.

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