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female flower dried in the middle

Posted by ange2006 (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 5, 14 at 20:26

The last few days, all my female squash flowers look dried up in the middle even when it's still early in the morning. Would this affect fertilization of the flower?

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RE: female flower dried in the middle

Probably. Are they dried up the first day they are open? What have the temperatures been like?


RE: female flower dried in the middle

Yes, they were dried up on the first day. I normally check them around 7 in the morning before the sun hits with temperature in the low 70s. If the previous day was hot, in the 90s, would it affect the unopened flowers?

RE: female flower dried in the middle

Mystery solved!

Yesterday I saw a female flower "open" except the petals were still shriveled up, not yet developed. Today, the flower is completely open and I saw that the middle is a bit dry already.

I manually pollinated the flower yesterday. Hopefully it took.

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