trimming dead zucchini fruit
My zucchini plant looks great. Problem is the fruit is not growing. Some of it is dead. How do I cut the dead fruit? How do I make the fruit grow? Thank you for your help.
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Make sure it is receiving plenty of water, as squash require lots of water throughout the growing season. Remove the dead fruit by pulling or cut with a sharp knife. Adding phosphorus to the soil will help encourage additional flowering, which produces fruit.
If fruiting is an issue--growing slowly and then dying--poor pollination could be to blame. Here is an article or two that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/zucchini/zucchini-fruit-fall-off-the-plant-before-they-are-full-grown.htm