I have great vines and lots of flowers on my summer squash but no flowers are turning to fruit. I live in Tampa, FL and planted the plants after Memorial Day. The plants/vines are healthy and the flowers numerous, but alas, no fruit. What can I do? What is going on?
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:
If you are seeing fruit but they are falling off, it is a pollination issue and these articles will help:
My summer squash flowers, small squash appear and then they just seem to rot. They become mushy before growing any further. Any help? The squash plants themselves seem very healthy.
It may be either poor pollination or blossom end rot. These articles will help you:
My plant is blooming but producing few squash.
You may have a pollination problem. You need to attract more pollinators to the garden. In the meantime, you can try to hand pollinate the blossoms. These articles can help you with both things:
From Ok and now live in Fl. How long should I expect to get fruit from my summer squash?
I had two squash that looked very wrinkeled and deflated. They were bright deep orange and felt hard like plastice or wood. What caused them to be this way? I cut them today. They were the only ones like this.
The plants are usually very productive for a couple of months then grow out. You can actually replant them where you live and start the process over.
I planted three types of squash this year. My problem is all I get is flowers and no squash. This happened last year as well. The stems look like they're chopped off but this happens only on a few plants. I don't see any bugs on the plants and the plants look healthy.
This is typical behavior for a squash plant. They will produce mostly male (non-fruiting) blossoms early in the season, which drop off, and will gradually start to produce more female blossoms as the season progresses. Give it some time and you will see it start fruiting.
Recently I noticed that my summer squash and bell pepper plants, along with a few tomatoes, have either been attacked by a pest or a disease. I am unsure of which, and I am unaware of the best way to prevent any additonal fruit from dying/decaying. The peppers look as though they had a bite taken out of them, then they started to rot. Or it can look as though it just rotted/has become moldy. Some fruit will fall off of the plant where others remain attached. The summer squash has no holes, only looks as though it has a disease, or became moldy. We have noticed the plant stems are hollow. The kicker is that I have seen no bugs on either plant. Only a few bunnies have entered the garden - who have eaten all of my romaine plants. :( I am in need of guidance on identifying what is going on in my garden as well as how to prevent any further damage and loss. Thanks!
On the peppers, that is damage caused by slugs. They only come out at night, so you would not see them. This article will help:
The stems on squash are naturally hollow, so that is not a problem. What it sounds like you have on those is powdery mildew. This article will help:
Wh are my straighneck squash growing together like they are mutated?
This is a condition called fasciation. It is like a siamese twin of the plant world. It can happen for a number of reasons but is not harmful to the plant and the fruit from the plant, while odd looking, is safe to eat. This article has a little more information on the condition.