Top Questions About Summer Squash Plants

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Questions About Summer Squash Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 4, 2011

Q. Stunted Growth of Squash

We planted our summer squash. It has beautiful leaves and had blossoms also, but the squash did not get even medium size. It was terribly small and very dark yellow with few squash on it. What is wrong? We did have two episodes of flooding to 12 inches, twice within weeks of one another. Could this cause that?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 5, 2011
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The stunted fruit could be caused by poor pollination, which can oftentimes be attributed to rain.

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Asked by
Mrsbrivera on
May 11, 2011

Q. Summer Squash Shriveling Up Before Done

Why is my summer squash shriveling up before it is fully done? I have planted a yellow squash in a very big water trough. The leaves are very big and I have many squash flowers. Before they become fully yellow, they shrivel up and start to wither. They still have green on the bottom of the squash. We water them at least twice a day because of the hot weather. I live in San Antonio, TX. I have zucchini growing near them but not overcrowding. Can you help me with this problem?

Answered by
Heather on
May 15, 2011
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This is a pollination issue. If the flower is not well pollinated or not pollinated at all, the fruit will not fully forma and will shrivel and die. You may need to hand pollinate. These articles will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/pollinate-squash-by-hand.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/creating-a-pollinator-garden.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 12, 2011

Q. Summer Squash Won’t Grow

My summer squash plants are full of baby squash, but they won’t grow. The ones that have grown are only about 4 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. They also start turning dark yellow.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 13, 2011
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You may have poor growing conditions or poor pollination.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 28, 2011

Q. Zucchini and Summer Squash

I was wondering if it was okay to pick them when the flowers have fully bloomed on the veggie? Also, even if they are not 10-12 in. (but more like 5-8 in. ) and they seem to be ripe, do I pick them and let the season progress and maybe get bigger veggies?

Answered by
purplegirl on
May 29, 2011
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I love the smaller size squash, they are more tender, smaller seeds. I would go ahead and pick them. If you don't wash them before you refridgerate them, they will say a bit longer in the fridge. You can also pick the flowers, stuff them with a savory mixture, batter them and fry them for a nice side dish! Yummy good! Hope that helps answer your question.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 30, 2011

Q. Squash Stems

My summer squash are doing fabulously, except for one thing. The stem near the ground is dead. Literally. Dried, cracked, flat. . . dead. I still get great squash from my plants though. They are big and taste great. This happened to my squash last year, too. I read through the stuff on vine borers, but the symptoms don’t fit. What is wrong with my squash, and can I fix it?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 31, 2011
Certified Expert
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While stem split is common and usually due to extreme temperature changes and uneven watering, it never hurts to check for signs of pests, especially since they can penetrate the plant through these dried, cracked splits.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 4, 2011

Q. Summer Squash

After ten days or so, my summer squash was no more than about 3-4 inches long and then began turning hard and bumpy. I would appreciate it if you could tell me what caused this (so that I can avoid it next year) and what I can do to stop it this year.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 4, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 5, 2011

Q. Squash

This is my first time to grow summer squash. I have a bunch of female flowers on my plant. They have been there for about 4 days. They do not seem to be growing. What should I do for them, as the plant itself looks very healthy?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 6, 2011
Certified Expert
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This can often be attributed to poor growing conditions (which doesn't seem to fit your particular situation) or poor pollination. You may also have plants that are producing only male flowers. Sometimes you will have numerous male flowers that suddenly drop off and don't give fruit. However, you could also consider hand pollinating plants if fruiting still doesn't seem to be taking place once females come in, as in your case. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/pollinate-squash-by-hand.htm

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