I have 2 healthy looking zucchini plants with many little perfeclty
formed zucchini squash. But the problem is they never seem to grow to
maturity. There are about 8 squash between two plants, each squash is
about 1" in diameter and 4" long max. They have been this size for
nearly 2-weeks. The plants keep flowering though. Is this a problem?
With just two plants, you may be below the "critical mass" for
natural pollination to work. You need to have at least one male
flower and one female flower open at the same time. And, there
is only a short time-frame when each flower is functional.
I suggest checking them each day, for flowers. And, as soon as
you see a male-and-female pair, pull the male flower off its
stem, peel back the petals, and smoosh it into the female flower.
If the zucchini doesn't grow noticeably within a week, the
pollination didn't work.
But I have developed fruit already formed on both plants. Once the
female is pollinated the fruit should grow no matter how few plants are
It's common for many squash varieties to initially produce 3 or 4 inch
fruits, they will not grow any further. A couple of weeks after they
appear, the plant will begin producing full sized fruits. This happens
with the yellow crooknecks that I have been growing for years. I
usually pick them and their flowers to allow the plant to put its
energy into making real fruits. YMMV
-- Mister Gardener
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Mister Gardener: Thanks for the reply. It is strange how a plant can
pretend to produce a fruit, but I guess the world is a strange place. I
will "harvest" my short zucchinis tonight.
BTW, what does YMMV mean?
Mister Gardener wrote:
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