I have a couple of squash plants growing really well up a bamboo wigwam
They have produced loads of flowers, and then start to develop smal
yellow squash. However, the squash don't grow more than 2-3 inches i
diameter, then stop. The earliest ones have now gone a bit brown, so
took them off. There are about 10-12 other squash still on the plant
Are there too many? They are growing in our own compost in a raise
bed. How do i make them grow bigger
Hang on, if they are already 2-3in they have been fertilised, you wouldn't
get that if you had a pollination problem. The word "squash" means
different things to different people but I will take a stab in the dark and
say blossom end rot.
Do they turn brownish and go soft and sink in starting at the flower end?
Do they then stop growing or fall off the vine? If so then you have BEM
caused by a deficiency of Calcium. This can be due to erratic watering or
lack of calcium in the soil. Google "blossom end rot" for a zillion hits.
I have "button squash" which may be called "pattypan" and I have crooknecks.
I don't want to break the normal harmony of RGE with a silly tis, tisnt,
tis, tisnt, type argument but I have not seen a squash form fruit before the
Sure the flower may continue looking quite healthy for some time after the
fruit starts to swell at the base, the flower may even grow after
pollination (I haven't measured) but the flower does not appear from the end
of the fruit after the fruit is formed. The female flowers do have a bulge
at the base before pollination but this is not a fruit.
My understanding is that squash are not parthenocarpic. They are monoecious
and if the pollen from a male flower does not reach the female flower the
female will wither and die without forming fruit.
I suggest that when your squash are flowering you tag some females while
they are just stems with a bulge and watch their development daily, I think
you will find the flower comes first.
In part yes, it means producing fruit without fertilisation which has the
consequence of producing no seeds too. For the squash to have fruit before
the flower it would have to be parthenocarpic. See:
So where do you stand re the squash, is it flower, pollination then fruit or
fruit then flower?
I think you're misunderstanding what they're saying. My squash also
have little fruits beneath the female flower - makes them easily
differentiated from the male flowers. True, they aren't fertilized
yet, but they are there.
Thanks to you all for your replies. I hadn't even noticed there wer
different flowers on long stems (I'm new to this!), but they are there
and artificial insemination has just occured in my garden. I'll keep yo
posted on the results
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