My zukes are developing small fruit,,,,two to three inches long and
then they begin to wither from the blossom end.
Water is fine, no bugs, plants are healthy and stems are fine.
I suppose this is a pollination problem, as in I have seen no
pollinatiors in the garden? Am I going to have to give each of them a
hand pollination? Ideas? Help!
This sucks bigtime.
A fine short bristle artist brush. Start by fanning inside the large
male blooms and then the blooms on the end of the fruit. Also works on
squash, tomatoes, etc. Next thing you know, your neighbors will not
answer the doorbell!! ;-)
Been there - done that
Sounds like the problem I had last year. Fruit would develop to the size
of my little finger and then start browning from the bloom end. At the
time I had no pollinators either. I started hand pollination by taking
the male flowers, which are on the long stem, and doing pretty much as
you might expect with the females flowers, which are down on the
branches of the cucurbit. Sorry Charlie, no pictures. Fortunately for
me, the bees showed up shortly there after and they took over.
Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
Actually zucchini fruit can fail to set properly due to soil condions
*and/or* lack of pollination... there are also other inderterminate
conditions such as disease and certain insect infestation. I've
experienced the same condition, with kirby cucumbers. This condition
is more likely to occur with particular hybrid varieties. I've
learned to plant at least two, often three varieties of most vegetable
plants wherever practical. I plant from seed but I also buy plants in
flats; whenever possible I buy from more than one nursery... this as
insurance against a totally failed crop. Sometimes a nursery may have
mutated or diseased plants. Also buy seed from reputable sources,
avoid bargain seed packets from companies whose name you don't
recognize. I try to stay with Burpee seeds... I often buy end of
season packets when they go on sale for less than half price,
sometimes 10cents a pack. I've never experienced any noticable loss
of germination from older seed, I have packets of seeds I've been
using for more than ten years... so long as seeds are properly stored
they can last indefinitely.
Read to bottom and then click on pollination link:
Yeah....I've had nothing but fantastic results from Burpee over the years.
For some reason, they're the company that some people love to hate. But, I
don't care. I get one chance at a garden each year. Agway's bean seeds have
been near perfect, too, even the ones I've had for 5-6 years.
Like so many things we don't miss em till they are gone. Notice the
idea of fallow or grass strips left to their own nearby our gardens.
S Jersey USA Zone 5 Shade
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I was not aware there can be both sexes on a single (zucchini) plant.
I'll take a look tomorrow.
Another thought... I found that borage (the "bee plant") draws bees
to the garden for higher yields. It doesn't hurt to plant a few
flowers here and there to draw pollinators.
You have a choice: harvest zucchini the day after the flower has
opened and then pollination is immaterial, or pollinate by transferring
pollen from the male onto the female flower.
The "Blackjack" zucchini that we grow here in Australia can grow up
to about 6" before its flower opens, and that's a perfect size to
pick a tasty mouth-watering fruit, so pollination is moot.
John Savage (my news address is not valid for email)
Please don't boast about your six inches, and how tasty it is,
and how it leads to a flower opening. And how pollination is
moot, when you only put it in your mouth.
This is a family-friendly newsgroup. Thank you.
On Thu, 5 Jul 2007 04:10:02 +0000 (UTC), John Savage
I've been doing the hand pollination thing, though a few bees ahve
appeared and have taken over partially.
The variety we planted, Costata Romanesco, are about three inches
before pollination, and now that they are growing, we have started to
harvest some of the tiny ones for salads and the like.
I looked up your Blackjack and it sounds like it is quite prolific.
Same thing happened to me last year. The zuch would gett ot he size of
my little finger, discolorize at the flowering end, and then fall off.
The group held my hand while I started hand pollinating. I started hand
pollinating because there was a conspicuous abscence of pollinators
around at the time. (I suspected the ol' biddies across the street had
gone wild with Sevin on their ornamentals.) Shortly there after the bees
arrived and the zuch and the crookneck took over one end of my garden.
Do you have:
New leaves that don't unfold
Tip of young leaves looked scorched
Growing tips die back
General lack of plant vigor
High rainfall or heavy irrigation
High level of aluminum in soil
If the answers, as I suspect to all these are no, keep pollinating by
hand until the bees arrive. Should only be a couple of weeks.
I mean, this soil has worked for you before. Calcium doesn't easily get
washed away. There is a lack of pollinators and these puppies need to be
If you have heavy clay, add some well decomposed compost and keep soil
Heat wave broke here. Should be in the low 90s today. "Bird house" gourd
has 2" to go to reach the top of the trellis. EVERYTHING grew at least
an inch yesterday. Odd, because everything was wilting by late afternoon
Going to look at a news article about a camera man who was shot by the
IDF after he was already down from being shot previously.
Israeli Settlements Exceed Boundaries, Report Says
In the fighting, Imad Ghanem, a cameraman from Hamass television
station, Al Aksa, was wounded, and then shot at least twice in the legs
as he lay sprawled on the ground. His legs were later amputated in the
hospital and he is in critical condition.
Maj. Avital Leibovich, an army spokeswoman, said today that many times
Hamas takes militants with them and gives them cameras, like this
person, who is not in our perspective a regular journalist, but a
militant like the others. She said he wore no vest identifying him as a
journalist, and that at other times, such cameramen have also been armed
and used their weapons. She said that in the gunfire, it was not clear
who shot Mr. Ghanem in the legs.
The International Federation of Journalists today condemned the
shooting. This is a vicious and brutal example of deliberate targeting
of a journalist, said Aidan White, the groups general-secretary. The
Israeli authorities must investigate this case and bring to justice
those responsible. Mr. White added: This man was carrying a camera, not
a gun. He was no threat to Israeli forces.
someone may be dancing with glee, but it's not Imad Ghanem.
Well, at least the plug got pulled on our local heatwave. Nature is very
civilized here. We'll get scorchers for a couple of days and then the
fog comes up the river and chills everything out. At least that's the
way it usually works.
The "bird house" vine is 1" from the top of the trellis now even though
the temp has dropped back to 78 F from the 100+ F that we had yesterday.
My Mac OS 9 has given me an identity crisis. Hopefully I was able to
whack some sense into it.
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