Should I pick Butternut squash early??

catherinet(5 IN)August 30, 2011

I didn't think the hoards of squash bugs from my zuchinni plants were bothering my Butternut squash, since their leaves look good. But yesterday I realized that several of the squash are rotting. Do the bugs cause the squash to rot? The squash haven't completely ripened yet.......could probably use at least another 4-6 weeks. But should I pick them now and let them ripen on the porch? I'm thinking the bugs are causing the rotting, but maybe I'm wrong?

Thanks for your help.

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Were the immature or mature squash rotting? It could be a number of things. If the leaves look healthy I doubt it is anything the squash bugs did. They won't ripen off the vine, or at least if they don't rot away once picked they won't develop the flavor they will if left to mature.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 1:21PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks weirdtrev,
Some of them are young and some are older. I guess I'll just leave them alone and hope for the best, as long as the leaves are still looking okay.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 8:20PM
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If they are rotting at all stages it might be worthwhile to put something under them to keep them off the damp ground.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 12:21PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks weirdtrev.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2011 at 8:19AM
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