PLEASE HELP: We are new to upstate NY and growing zucchini and yellow squash for the first time. When we harvest, we find that ALL of them, regardless of size and age, have a clear sap when we cut into the fruit. We've never seen this in the produce that we've bought. There is no odor, the squash looks perfect from the outside, and it doesn't seem bitter but there is a bunch of sap between the skin and the flesh and the texture of the squash seems off, likely because of the sap. We don't know what this is or what we can do about it and we've been looking all over for answers. Can anyone provide any information? Thanks.
There is nothing wrong with your squash, it just needs to cure after harvest.
Here is a link with more information.
When is the best time to plant summer squash in late summer? I live in West Tenn.
Most planting of summer squash is done in spring. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/how-to-grow-summer-squash.htm
So my summer squash is/was a beautiful display. One really took off faster than the others. She produced one gorgeous and delicious yellow squash and then... poof. Stops producing. And I mean, NO flowers, no buds, no nothing. It also turned a darker shade of green ... more like a hunter green. There is another yellow squash planted next to her that is now FULL of buds so I don't think it's a soil issue. And I read somewhere that if you allow your squash to get too big it could trigger the plant to stop producing.... but when I harvested, it was only slightly bigger than my hand. What could have happened?
This could be too much nitrogen. Excess nitrogen causes lush green plants and no flowers.
Try giving a boost of phosphorous with Bone Meal.
Have planted summer squash and zucchini and leaves are nicely green and healthy looking on most plants and they produce some flowers. So far this summer, we have had no fruit set. We've harvested numerous tomatoes and cucumbers, but no squash. Help!
Your plants flowers may not be pollinating. You can hand pollinate the flowers.
My mother-in-law says you shouldn't plant various squashes close together because they will cross-breed. My neighbor has a huge garden and he plants all of his together. What is the real answer here? I am so confused! I don't really know what I am doing lol. But I like to grow zucchini, summer squash, butternut, pattypan, pumpkin, acorn, cucumber, various melons just to give you an idea. So can I mix them together or with I end up with an alien gourd of some sort? Thanks for your help!!
Here is an article that explains how cross pollination works:
what would cause a plant that has produced yellow squash for months suddenly produce green?
Squash plants are notorious for cross-pollinating with one another. If you save your own seeds and you grew zucchini or winter squash in the same garden last year as you did your yellow squash, your green "yellow" squash is likely a result from cross-pollination with, for example, a zucchini.
The disease known as either yellow mosaic or squash mosaic virus turn yellow squash green, or appears as yellow and green mottling over the fruit. In addition, the foliage on the squash vine will likely have a similar mottled effect, and leaf veins may turn white.
The plants are thriving with only a couple of yellow leafs. If I transplant the squash plant to a new location will it solve the problem of the black rot disease or is the damage already done?
Squash will not transplant.
This article will help you.