Top Questions About Crookneck Squash

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Questions About Crookneck Squash

Asked by
Malena on
May 9, 2011

Q. Why Do I Have All Male Squash Blossoms on New Plants

I have recently planted a raised 12 x 12 garden with your typical summer vegetables. I have lots of blossoms on my young crookneck and zucchini, but they seem to be all males. Why is that? I live in Houston, Tx and it has gotten very hot quickly and we also have had no rain in 90 plus days, so Im watering daily. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 10, 2011
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This is a normal process. Early in the growing season squash plants tend to produce more male blossoms than female blossoms. Since there are no female blossoms for the male plant to pollinate, the male blossoms simply fall off the vine. Your squash vine will eventually produce a more even mix of female and male blossoms. The male blossoms will still fall off the vine but the female blossoms will grow into squash. Be patient.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 29, 2011

Q. Blooms Wilting After Opening on Yellow Neck Squash

My yellow crook-necked squash plants look great, but when the flower opens, they look like they are wilting. Is this a problem or are they suppose to look that way?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 30, 2011
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Wilting or dropping of blossoms is usually due to poor pollination or an over abundance of males. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/squash-blossoms-falling-off-vine.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 2, 2011

Q. Squash Dying

In our little backyard garden, our yellow crooked neck squash are dying. It appears to be occuring at the base of the plant. The plants have gone from a beautiful green and yielding good squash to wilting and dying.

Asked by
vanpetten on
June 17, 2011

Q. Crooked Neck Squash Beetles

Went to the garden today and found many beetles on my vines. They look as though they are mating. They look like they are connected from rear end to rear end? They are over many leaves, the top and under sides of the leaves. Haven’t seen them before today and the squash is now ready to start picking. I’d like to know what I should do and where to start.

Answered by
Heather on
June 20, 2011
Certified Expert
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Yes, they are mating but without knowing which beetles they are, I cannot say if they pose a threat to the plant itself when they lay their eggs.

That being said, the fruit is safe to eat. just make sure you wash it, as you should be doing anyway regardless.

An insecticide should take care of the bugs for the time being as well.

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Asked by
jimmy massimino on
June 28, 2011

Q. Crook Neck Squash

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

Answered by
Nikki on
June 29, 2011
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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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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 6, 2011

Q. Crookneck Squash

My squash plants are huge, and there are many large flowers, but the squash don’t get any larger than 3 or 4 inches and don’t mature. The fruits form quickly, but then stop growing. This is the first time I have grown them. They are in a sunny location and I water them often.

Asked by
Anonymous on
July 21, 2011

Q. Squash Not Maturing and Shrivel Up

Our yellow crook neck squash starts to grow and then stops and shrivels up.

Answered by
Heather on
July 21, 2011
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