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Questions About Acorn Squash

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 30, 2011

Q. Acorn Squash

We planted acorn squash this year our first time. We need to know when the squash are ready to be picked or how can we tell if they are ready to be picked?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 1, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 7, 2011

Q. Acorn Squash Dying From New Growth

My acorn squash keeps dying off right after it starts forming. They grow about one inch around and then turn yellow.

Asked by
carolyn stratton on
July 11, 2011

Q. Right Time to Plant Acorn or Butternut Squash

We’d like to know when to plant acorn and butternut squash.

Answered by
doccat5 on
July 17, 2011
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Since those are both varieties of winter squash and have a fairly long growth period to maturity, normally you should start them in the spring. Check with your local extension office (found under gov't in the phone book) for guide to planting times in your area for various vegetables.

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Anonymous on
July 24, 2011

Q. Acorn Squash- Lots of Flowers Only One Squash

I planted acorn squash, and the plant itself (leaves, vines, etc. ) are super healthy with LOTS of flowers, but I have only ONE squash. It’s good size, not quite ready to eat, but why don’t I get more than one from so many flowers? Anything I can do?

Answered by
Heather on
July 25, 2011
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This is typical behavior for a squash plant. They will produce mostly male (non-fruiting) blossoms early in the season and will gradually start to produce more female blossoms as the season progresses. Give it some time and you will see it start fruiting.

If you are seeing fruit but they are falling off, this article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/zucchini/zucchini-fruit-fall-off-the-plant-before-they-are-full-grown.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/pollinate-squash-by-hand.htm

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Anonymous on
September 5, 2011

Q. Growing Single Acorn Squash

You’re going to think I’m nuts! I bought an acorn squash with every intention of eating it. It soon turned into one of my ‘house pets’ and I couldn’t eat it. It lasted (without rotting) for 7 months on my table with my other plants. Finally, it began to rot and I ‘buried’ it in the garden. It is now growing and has flowering buds on it (I live in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). I am wondering if pollination will occur naturally (it is now early September) or will I need to aid in pollination? How do I know male flowers from female (that could be an obvious answer. . . )? I am quite delighted that ‘Sid’ is alive and well (everyone at the hospital where I work thinks I’m nuts for having a funeral for a squash). Any advice you could give would be helpful.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 6, 2011
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There is a chance that it might make it to fruit. Female flowers are the ones that have the little tiny fruit under the blossom. Males will just be the blossom on the stem. It should still be able to be pollinated by pollinators, but just in case you want to give it an edge, here are some directions on pollinating squash: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/pollinate-squash-by-hand.htm

Good luck!

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Anonymous on
October 21, 2011

Q. Not Producing Acorn Squash

Plant is growing well and producing flowers but no squash. It is in a pot on patio with lots of sun (Florida) and about 5-6 feet in length. It is spreading out on a tile floor. It looks healthy and has many new buds. No sign of squash.

Answered by
Nikki on
October 22, 2011
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This is typical behavior for curbit plants (squash, cucumber, melon). They will produce mostly male (non-fruiting) blossoms early in the season and will gradually start to produce more female blossoms as the season progresses. Give it some time and you will see it start fruiting. Here is how to tell a male from a female blossom: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/female-male-squash-blossoms.htm

If you are seeing fruit but they are falling off, it is a pollination issue and these articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/squash-fruit-falling-off-the-plant.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/pollinate-squash-by-hand.htm

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Asked by
smithtre on
May 24, 2012

Q. my acorn squash blooms are dying and the fruit appear to be shriveling up

My acorn squash blooms are dying and the fruit appear to be shriveling.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 24, 2012
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Male flowers, which are non-fruiting, commonly drop off the plant and this is common early on. Once the plant begins bearing female blossoms, it is normal for them to drop off as well when the fruit begins to form.

As for fruit shrivelling, it sounds like you may have a pollination problem. If you do not have pollinators, you will need to hand pollinate. You can do this with a small paintbrush. Just sweep the inside of the male blossoms with the brush to collect pollen and "paint" the pistle of the female blossoms. That should correct it.

These articles should also help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/squash-fruit-falling-off-the-plant.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/pollinate-squash-by-hand.htm

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