Zucchini Plants

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  1. Is Zucchini Still Edible if It Turns Orange in Storage
  2. Hard Yellow Zucchini
  3. Cardboard Zamia
  4. Zucchini Plants Not Thriving
  5. pH for Zucchini
  6. Zucchini Pests
  7. Squash
Asked by Anonymous on November 30, 2010
Is Zucchini Still Edible if It Turns Orange in Storage

My pepper squash are doing the same, they were all very dark green when I stored them but now 2 months later they are all orange can the still be eaten or should I send them to the compost and how do I stop this next time?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

They are safe to eat. The squash just reached their fully mature color is all. I imagine that the flavor will not be what you are use to from this squash now that they have changed color, but it will not hurt you to eat them. Next year, try storing them in a slightly cooler location to slow down the process, but you cannot completely stop it.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 13, 2011
Hard Yellow Zucchini

Last year we planted yellow zucchini. The first fruits were very good. By the end of the summer, however, regardless of how large the fruit was, the texture was very hard – almost wood like – especially toward the outside or rind of the zucchini. What may have caused this?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Summer squash should be harvested small. The bigger the squash gets, the harder and woodier it will get. Also, harvesting small means that you harvest before the seeds are mature and the plant feels that it has to produce more fruit to make up for it, which means a bigger overall harvest for you.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 14, 2011
Cardboard Zamia

I live in Florida (Tampa) and have two cardboard zamias, that despite my efforts received frostbite. They are now a beautiful shade of bronze, but I know that’s bad news for the future. They are large (4′ in circumference), and I don’t know what to begin doing to save them or if it’s even possible.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I am sorry to hear about your plants. This article may help you with getting them to recover: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/tips-for-saving-cold-damaged-plants.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on January 25, 2011
Zucchini Plants Not Thriving

What is the problem and solution for zucchini plants not thriving? Leaves are stunted and curled with very pronounced veins – still very green but plants also stunted and not thriving.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds like a nutrient problem, specifically chlorosis. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/leaf-chlorosis-and-iron.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on February 20, 2011
pH for Zucchini

I just read an article on this site that said the pH for zucchini should be between 6. 0 and 6. 5. My pH in the garden is 7. 0. How can I correct the pH level? And, is bone meal a good source to add calcium to the soil?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Here is some information on lowering the pH (also known as making the soil more acidic) of your soil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/raise-acid-level-soil.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on March 4, 2011
Zucchini Pests

Last summer, my zucchini plants were devastated by 0. 5-inch long black beetles. These beasts eat all the leaves, and the plants could, of course, not perform photosynthesis and died without producing anything. I try to keep my garden as organic as possible, but I am willing to try everything to get rid of these killer beetles.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You may want to try neem oil on your plants. Not only is it effective against many insect pests, but it's also safe. Here is more info: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on March 5, 2011
Squash

We have beautiful zucchini and yellow squash plants; however, we will only have maybe two vegetables from the plants. The plants continue to be beautiful, so no issues with the borer worm. Any idea what our problem is?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If it is a problem of not getting any flowers, I would recommend adding some phosphorus to the soil. This article will help with that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

If it is a problem of flowers not producing fruit, you probably have a pollinator problem and you may need to hand pollinate. These articles will help with that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/pollinate-squash-by-hand.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm

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