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hardboiledheretic
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Question for gardeners re zucchini
I've got this beautiful zucchini plant growing and exploding with flowers but I noticed some are falling off and no veggie is growing.

Do I need more than one for the pollination factor?

It's not my favorite veggie but my mom gave me one to grow for her, and she has one too and the same thing is happening.

Thanks!

h
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
the plants might be too young yet
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
try swapping the flowers from ur mum's pant and yours


or you can assist by brushing the
(stipils?), those thangy thangs in the middle of the flower, one flower to another with a little brush, like a water colour brush
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
I've got this beautiful zucchini plant growing and exploding with flowers but I noticed some are falling off and no veggie is growing.

Do I need more than one for the pollination factor?

It's not my favorite veggie but my mom gave me one to grow for her, and she has one too and the same thing is happening.

Thanks!

h
 Quoting: hardboiledheretic



I have one too and the same thing happened, I thought it was my squirel friends.....

Apparently there are supposed to be three plants in a grouping when you plant them... if that helps????
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
the plants might be too young yet
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Honey this plant is taking over the entire little patch that it's planted in!
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try swapping the flowers from ur mum's pant and yours


or you can assist by brushing the
(stipils?), those thangy thangs in the middle of the flower, one flower to another with a little brush, like a water colour brush
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yeah I remember now they say groups of three.
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You need at least 2 plants, corn should be planted in at least 4 side by side rows, fruit trees should also be planted in pairs
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
the plant will produce male flowers first. The female flowers (have a ball at the bottom of the flower) will come soon. Then you will get some zucs. Only the female flowers produce.
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
I've got this beautiful zucchini plant growing and exploding with flowers but I noticed some are falling off and no veggie is growing.

Do I need more than one for the pollination factor?

It's not my favorite veggie but my mom gave me one to grow for her, and she has one too and the same thing is happening.

Thanks!

h



I have one too and the same thing happened, I thought it was my squirel friends.....

Apparently there are supposed to be three plants in a grouping when you plant them... if that helps????
 Quoting: Canuck



Hi Canuck, did you ever get a veggie eventually? It's funny you mention three plants because that's how they were sold, in a pack of three and my mom split them up between her, my sister in law and me because she can only grow one in a pot.

Thanks, that's interesting. I took zucchini for granted because I thought it was kind of a no fail type of vegetable.

And AC, I thought about brushing the pollen around. I don't suppose it could hurt.

h
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
I've got this beautiful zucchini plant growing and exploding with flowers but I noticed some are falling off and no veggie is growing.

Do I need more than one for the pollination factor?

It's not my favorite veggie but my mom gave me one to grow for her, and she has one too and the same thing is happening.

Thanks!

h
 Quoting: hardboiledheretic


The first ones are too small anyhow. There will be plenty along the way. Patience, my friend, the hallmark of a good gardener.
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
I've got this beautiful zucchini plant growing and exploding with flowers but I noticed some are falling off and no veggie is growing.

Do I need more than one for the pollination factor?

It's not my favorite veggie but my mom gave me one to grow for her, and she has one too and the same thing is happening.

Thanks!

h
 Quoting: hardboiledheretic


The plant has male and female flowers so bees can pollinate the same plant. The flowers falling off is ok. All squash need about an inch of water per week. It should fruit in the next week or so.
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
the plant will produce male flowers first. The female flowers (have a ball at the bottom of the flower) will come soon. Then you will get some zucs. Only the female flowers produce.
 Quoting: canttakeitnomo 716945


I had no idea. It's dark now but now that you mention it c, I did notice a ball a the bottom of some flowers.

h
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Ya need to diddle the flowers

The day the flowers open, grab a Q-Tip and use it to move pollen from one flower to the next. The same can be done with just about every plant.
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Thanks for chiming in my friends.

Will be diddling this weekend.
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
Ya need to diddle the flowers

The day the flowers open, grab a Q-Tip and use it to move pollen from one flower to the next. The same can be done with just about every plant.
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bees
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Haven't seen a honey bee yet :( but have seen plenty of bumblebees and those stupid wasp things.
h
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
Same problem with me this year. Tons of blooms but no signs of veggies. I started by seed and planted quite few.
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
Same problem with me this year. Tons of blooms but no signs of veggies. I started by seed and planted quite few.
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Hmmm..I'm in NE Ohio, where are you? Probably close by I think.

When I started gardening as a young person, everything grew great and too much. Now 20 years later, it's hit and miss, despite my best efforts.

Because I've moved so much (but still in the same area), I blame it on soil conditions, or lack of sunlight, but I have to wonder if it isn't the damn GM plants we buy at the garden center that are already fucked up.

I don't know, just throwing this out there.

But AC you started yours from seeds.

Maybe the sun is in the wrong place.

lol

j/k
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Thanks for chiming in my friends.

Will be diddling this weekend.
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When done right, diddling can be quite satisfying. groucho
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
Too much nitrogen will cause the plant to grow and grow and not put anything on.


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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
Same problem with me this year. Tons of blooms but no signs of veggies. I started by seed and planted quite few.



Hmmm..I'm in NE Ohio, where are you? Probably close by I think.

When I started gardening as a young person, everything grew great and too much. Now 20 years later, it's hit and miss, despite my best efforts.

Because I've moved so much (but still in the same area), I blame it on soil conditions, or lack of sunlight, but I have to wonder if it isn't the damn GM plants we buy at the garden center that are already fucked up.

I don't know, just throwing this out there.

But AC you started yours from seeds.

Maybe the sun is in the wrong place.

lol

j/k
 Quoting: hardboiledheretic

I grew up in NE OH but live in MO currently. The problem could be the lack of sun for my plants. I tired to use every square inch of soil I had availble this year and these plants are next to a wild rose bush. My cucumbers on the other hand are doing fabulous.
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Too much nitrogen will cause the plant to grow and grow and not put anything on.


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too true too true

potash for flowering and fruit


epsom salts fer drive
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Too much nitrogen will cause the plant to grow and grow and not put anything on.


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too true too true

potash for flowering and fruit


epsom salts fer drive
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Perhaps too much fertilizer, I don't know, I don't measure. It was a 5-3-3 granular I used at initial planting then nothing further except some diluted fishmeal stuff.

I used a light sprinkling of epsom salts in my other patch of garden and they seemed to like it.

Gardening never used to be this complicated, or is it just me?

I know, it's me.

:)
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I have little knowledge in gardening and my intentions are for the earth to teach me! I am on my third year and notice each year I improve some. I hand till and use no fertilizers. I havent noticed honey bees until today. I also have two snakes that think they are my buddy. I am not very comfortable with the snakes!
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Zucchinis broke my heart this year! I can grow lots of things but this foolproof veggie defeated me. I think I overwatered. My three plants turned yellow and died. I sprayed them with a neem oil solution that should have prevented most diseases and pests, but they still slowly turned yellow and keeled anyway. I did get a couple of zuks off each plant first...what do ya'll gardeners think?
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Zucchinis broke my heart this year! I can grow lots of things but this foolproof veggie defeated me. I think I overwatered. My three plants turned yellow and died. I sprayed them with a neem oil solution that should have prevented most diseases and pests, but they still slowly turned yellow and keeled anyway. I did get a couple of zuks off each plant first...what do ya'll gardeners think?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 716985

Did ya feed them at initial planting and then again just as they started to set blossoms? If not, then they didn't have enough nutrients in the soil.
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I think squash grow like zucchini then maybe something with more potash monthly. I use slow release fertilizer in the soil and add a liquid high in potash fertilizer every month and I have many squashes. But I have not grown zucchini.
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I have little knowledge in gardening and my intentions are for the earth to teach me! I am on my third year and notice each year I improve some. I hand till and use no fertilizers. I havent noticed honey bees until today. I also have two snakes that think they are my buddy. I am not very comfortable with the snakes!
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I understand AC, me too. You are improving so you're on the right track. So glad you saw honeybees! Yay!

I think the garden snakes are okay but I'm not sure. They're not supposed to be poisonous.

I'm going to have to sign off here in bit.

Thanks so much for everyones replies.

Catch a ya tomorrow.

love ya

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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
the plant will produce male flowers first. The female flowers (have a ball at the bottom of the flower) will come soon. Then you will get some zucs. Only the female flowers produce.
 Quoting: canttakeitnomo 716945


Yes, I'm amazed everyone doesn't know this.
I had 1 zuchimi plant last year (got sseds from someome), saved seeds from some of the fruit, planted them this year but none of them sprouted.

Mine grew crazy though last year. I fed it some compost after it sprouted and that was it.

Now you all need some recipes or new ways to use those zucs:
Put them in your smoothies,
use them in all your recipes, chopped small or sliced big. They're good in chili, stuffing, mixed with other veggies, in spaghetti, muffins, cakes, I think I would try them in everything I make.
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Re: Question for gardeners re zucchini
i had nothing but tons of zucchini last year, this year they are not doing nearly as well..

I am also a squash failure.





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