My zuchini....

duhastOctober 9, 2008

...keeps dropping flowers. What's up with that?

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carolynp(z7)

Are you getting really hot temperatures? This suggests that may be the cause:
http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/cornucop/2003081901015268.html

    Bookmark   October 11, 2008 at 1:52PM
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anniesgranny(6b)

I was going to suggest, if they are young plants, they might be male blossoms and all will be well when the females appear...just as in human life LOL. Those guys just can't live without us gals!

Granny

Here is a link that might be useful: Annie's Kitchen Garden

    Bookmark   October 11, 2008 at 1:56PM
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duhast

Temps been in the mid 80's.

Don't know enough about plant sex yet to tell the flowers.

I do see fruits growing now......

    Bookmark   October 11, 2008 at 8:17PM
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anniesgranny(6b)

duhast, if there is a straight narrow stem that the flower is attached to, it's a male. If there is a round swelling right under the flower, it's a female.

Here is a link that might be useful: Annie's Kitchen Garden

    Bookmark   October 11, 2008 at 9:02PM
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angelady777 (was angelady on GW) - Zone 6(6)

That is the BEST picture I've seen to show the flower sexes! Wow, Granny! Thanks!

Blessings,
Angela

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 3:44PM
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duhast

Looks like the droppers were male. It's getting cool here now, does each female need to be pollinated, or one makes the plant fertile?

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 4:21PM
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angelady777 (was angelady on GW) - Zone 6(6)

Each female must be pollinated that you want to make a fruit. If you want to be totallly sure that it is, then you might want to hand pollinate early in the morning. If it's getting cool, you don't want to load them down with too many fruits or maybe none will ripen... I'm no expert, but I hear a lot of people saying things like that...

Blessings,
Angela

    Bookmark   October 13, 2008 at 1:55AM
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carolynp(z7)

I hand pollinated all my squashes this year. I just took a q tip and pulled pollen off the male flowers and stuck em in the females. It's easier than you would think and you get to know they've been exposed to the pollen.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2008 at 7:29PM
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angelady777 (was angelady on GW) - Zone 6(6)

I really like the Q-tip idea... I've been doing it a slightly harder way... I'm definitely switching to your idea!

Blessings,
Angela

    Bookmark   October 13, 2008 at 10:29PM
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