all male flowers--help!

joannaqcw(NY 4/5)August 3, 2009

Early in the season I had tiny squash that didn't ever grow; my garden book explained that this was due to the absence of male blossoms to pollinate them. I removed those first few fruits. Then male and female blossoms started emerging together and we had a couple weeks of plentiful squash. Now most of my first succession of summer squash (yellow crookneck and patty-pan--the zucchini are fine) are loaded with male blossoms and have few or no fruits set.

These squash are also dusted with a white substance which I believe to be powdery mildew; could this be related to the problem? I'm spraying with baking soda solution for the powdery mildew. Can I do anything to encourage the development of female blossoms?

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in one of my other post a guy gave a helpful hint to making your plant grow more blossoms.

In a gallon jug, add 2 tablespoons ammonia, 4 tablespoons Miracle Gro Bloom Booster, and 4 tablespoons fish /seaweed emulsion. Fill the jug with water and shake. Generously feed the roots every 2 days that it doesn't rain.

I believe this will make your plant boom with success

and try NEEM oil spray to prevent and get rid of the powdery mildew.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2009 at 7:33PM
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