Marrows - Female Flowers?

Hi
I have several marrow plants which have lots of male flowers, but no females (with fruits) - have I done something wrong or am I just be impatient?
Many thanks
Sue
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You are being impatient. Many Cucurbitaceae will produce male flowers before the female flowers.
In the wild, such a strategy encourages out-breeding with other plants (and genetic diversity) but frustrates the impatient gardener expecting fruit.

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How exactly can you tell the difference between the males and females? The Marrows in my boxes are starting to flower at only three feet high. last year they grew 6 feet before they started flowering which was in September. I can't figure out what I did differently other than using a wildflower seed mix from a different vendor. I was hoping they'd grow to 6 feet this year too.
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wrote:

I have a related question that came up on another newsgroup -- how do you distinguish between marrows and zucchini/courgettes?
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Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7734/stevesig.htm
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