Yellow Summer Squash

Yellow Squash Turn Brown and Fall Off


sharon added on July 13, 2011 | Answered

Why do my yellow squash turn brown and fall off? My other squash look fine. I water deeply twice-three times a week if no rain. They have plenty of organic veggie food. I have also given them calcium - eggshells, lime, calcium tabs. All my squash are getting the same nutrients but the yellows are turning brown and falling off. Sometimes they make it to about 3-4 inches long. I have zucchini and various other squash that are growing fine. I have never had this problem before. Could it be the plants that I purchased? Thank you for your help.


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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on July 18, 2011

This is a pollination issue. If the plants are not properly pollinated, the plant will abort them when they are a few inches long because the fruit will not grow seeds, which is the main goal of the plant. These articles will help you:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/creating-a-pollinator-garden.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/pollinate-squash-by-hand.htm

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