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My zuccihinis are all man...Help!

Posted by LilacIsLove 5a (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 16, 11 at 8:23

So I have nice big zucchini plants with lots of flowers. The problem is, all the flowers are male! Even the ones developing don't have the tell-tale signs of being female, and I opened the flowers that have fallen off already, and they are male too! What is going on?


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RE: My zuccihinis are all man...Help!

The 2 types of flowers are easy to tell apart. The male flowers grow on a thin stem, while the female are attached to the back of a mini zucchini. Both have similar sized pale orange or yellow petals.

How many zucchini plants do you have? You need both a male and a female flower open at the same time in order for pollination to occur and for the plant to set fruit. If you have two or more plants, you have better odds.

I have 4 plants and have harvested 4 zukes in the past week, and there are eight more which will be ready in the coming days. I must admit, that I do kind of help the process along by hand pollinating the open female flowers in the morning by transferring some of the pollen from the male flowers to the centre of the female flower. But you don't have to do this, especially if you have a lot of bees around.

So be patient. It'll happen eventually, even if you have just one plant.


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RE: My zuccihinis are all man...Help!

I have 3 plants, and I'm willing to hand pollinate, just in case. I need some female flowers first though! XD I hope some pop up soon.


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RE: My zuccihinis are all man...Help!

If they are all male flowers, it would seem impossible to hand pollinate. You can harvest the flowers and stuff and fry them. very yummy


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RE: My zuccihinis are all man...Help!

Maybe a dose of Epsom salts would help. One tablespoon at the base of each plant before a good watering. Or maybe a high-phosphorus or 'starter' fertilizer would boost bloom production therefore increasing the odds of female blooms.


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RE: My zuccihinis are all man...Help!

The first flowers on zukes are always male flowers. In a week or so female flowers appear to produce the baby zukes unless your soil is poor or the plants haven't enough water. Sounds like your plants are healthy so I would suggest time will solve your problem.


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RE: My zuccihinis are all man...Help!

You're right, thanks! That's exactly what happened. In fact, I'm making zucchini bread today! ;)


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