Top Questions About Zucchini Plants

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Questions About Zucchini Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 30, 2010

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 1, 2010
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 14, 2011
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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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 14, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 25, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 21, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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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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