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Squash and Zuke not maturing (yes, I had pollinate)

Posted by rstorch OKC (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 23, 13 at 9:41

I've been reading up on squash and zucchini not maturing past the size of 2-3" and most suggest hand pollinating. I do that each day, but am only seeing about 10% of my baby veggies mature. Any other suggestions? Wondering if I might have a soil issue, but not sure what to look for. Any advice would be appreciated!!


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RE: Squash and Zuke not maturing (yes, I had pollinate)

Sorry you haven't had a response before now. My first thought is that you are experiencing a normal attrition of immature fruit. Squash usually set on more little fruit, especially when they first start setting fruit, than they can support. Hence many wither and drop off within a week. This is normal. You will get good fruit set. These little fruit can also be eaten.

George
Tahlequah, OK


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RE: Squash and Zuke not maturing (yes, I had pollinate)

First, you have to distinguish MALE and FEMALE flowers. Once you know that you pollinate the females only(with male). My summer squashes are just blooming. I pollinated one yesterday and one today. Remains to be seen. But over the years I have pollinated tens of bottle gourds and nothing failed. Those gourds' flowers open after sundown, when the bees are gone home. And the flowers close next morning before the bees come to work. Only night flying moths(if any) can pollinate them. But I did not see them either.

Actually , hand pollination has a better chance, since I pick a male flower, strip all of its petals then touch the female organ wit it. If I have more than one female, I can use the same male on other ones too. The only reason that I can think of why it might not work is that the plant aborts it , for some other reasons.


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