I am attempting to grow zucchini this year. I am a total
beginner and no little of what I am doing.
Problem: on my four producing plants, I have lots of
flowers but no new fruit. I initially got a very nice
fruit off of each plant. But, then for the last two weeks,
nothing new. I have lots of flowers by no new fruit.
The plants seem healthy (well, to me anyway). I am puzzled.
Do I need to shake the flowers or somethings to make sure they
pollinate? Any ideas what to do?
Assuming you have no bees and without bees you need to manually pollinate.
Pick a few male flowers, peel off the petals then dab the stamen onto the
female flower's stigma. Roll it around well. It's tedious but the only way
you'll get zukes without bees.
Once you do get fruit don't let them get too big. You have to keep the
plant thinking it has not completed its life cycle or it will die and
shrivel up quickly. I like to grow really big zukes, like 24 inches long,
but I only get 3 or so from each plant. Overwatering may also have flushed
nutrients from the soil.
The plants are loving all this attention. Leaves are even
getting bigger. Each of my five plants gave me a fruit about
14 inches long. Then stopped. I think it was after three
days of heavy thunderstorms and the ground never dried out.
Olive oil, oregano, sea salt, a sausage, and fresh zukes from
the garden. Joy!
Oh yah, plant zukes. You have so many you have to fill your
neighbor's back seats with them (why you have to lock your
car doors if you live in a small town). I'm still waiting.
I think someone was funnin' me. Okay, I suck at gardening.
I can only grow dandelions and purslane. (I hear purslane is
Leaving squash fruit to grow larger in many varieties is the same as
letting leafy vegetables go to seed. If it's large long zucchini
that's desired just grow the varieties that normally produce large
long fruit. This one is excellent (aka zucchini longo), I have it
growing now: http://www.lakevalleyseed.com/Summer_p/1427.htm
We got the same problem, but it sporadic. One plants doing ok. One plant is
on it's side. Yellow zukes. Don't have many, but they are huge squash.
I also notice the stink bugs like hanging on my green pepper plants, and
jalapeño. Nothing else. Some animal was clipping my plants, but it's been
ok after using fox urine product.
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