I am growing zucchini squash plants in pots in a greenhouse. I did this last year with no problems. I am getting lots of female blossoms but very few males and not at the same time. I am attempting to save pollen. The varieties I am growing are Grey, Cocozelle and Dirani. They get fertilized once a week. What can be done to balance the types of blooms
Make sure they have what they need culturally. These articles should help:
Trouble shooting issues with my squash plants, browning leaves at the edges. Also, experiencing blossom end rot. Try to water once a week but notice the leaves droop so water a few times a week. The plants are in planters with sandy soil combined with loam. Have not fertilized yet.
Brown leaf tips and edges are usually a watering issue. This info should help:
? Had beautiful squash plants overnight the blossoms started turning “mushy “at the ends and squash was rotting as well. What is the cause and the remedy .
Unfortunately, your photos did not come through. I am unable to see the damage. There are many causes for general squash blossom rotting. Over/underwatering, too little sun, disease, low humidity, root damage are a few causes.
On the other hand- Blooms will not last very long. They are short lived, and either male or female, so if these are outside of insect reach you may need to hand pollinate them.
Have noticed this year lots of tiny flies all over the gooseneck flowers, would like to know how to eliminate the flies. Did not have this problem last year, plants are located onside of house..husband getting upset about flies, thanks
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The male flowers of the squash plant has its flowers drop off and leaves just a stem. Should those stems be removed to stimulate more plant growth.
I couldn't find any resource that said to do this, so you should be fine leaving the stem.
Your article ‘Can Squash Cross Pollinate With Cucumbers’ states that butternut and zucchini squash can cross. However, they are two different species and do not hybridize.
Thank you! I will point this out to our editors.
What squash is this?
Because they can hybridize so much, and there can be so much differentiation, it can be quite difficult to pin it down to an exact type. My best guess would be that it is a member of Cucurbita maxima.