Crookneck Squash
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Crook Neck Squash

jimmy massimino added on June 28, 2011 | Answered

I have lots of squash but they only get about 2 to 3 inches and then they look like they are dried out.

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Nikki
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Answered on June 29, 2011

Generally, this is due to poor pollination. Squash will produce fruits even if no pollination has occurred, but they will only grow to only a few inches and then die. This can easily be corrected by growing bright-colored flowers (like marigolds or zinnias) close by to entice bees to the area. You could also hand pollinate them. These articles should help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/pollinate-squash-by-hand.htm

Too much fruit set can also lead to small fruit size as well. In addition, a lack of water can decrease the size of your squash.

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