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dying buds

Posted by kakow23 3 (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 27, 13 at 18:44

For the third year in a row, my squash and pumpkins have produced buds but then they have dried up and died. I have been fighting off moles in my yard. I don't know if it is because they are eating the roots or is it something else? I had tons of buds and one by one they have disappeared. does anyone know what this could be from?

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RE: dying buds

In the beginning I think they produce mostly male flowers. The female flowers are the ones that produce fruit. They need to be pollinated or they die. I have gotten no squash this year on my Cushaws. I think they have to be pollinated by bees. We only have two or three honeybees if we are lucky and they are gone now. You can hand pollinate. Google it. I just never get around to it. Maybe next year.

RE: dying buds

Moles?? Are you sure they're not voles? But whatever they are I doubt they're the problem.

As Zackey says, if the flowers aren't fertilised they'll drop off.

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