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Post  rita on 6/20/2012, 9:45 pm

my zucchini has some rotting ends, what am I doing wrong, we are very dry in our area, so I watered a couple of times, help!
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Post  camprn on 6/20/2012, 9:54 pm

You are probably doing nothing wrong. Sounds like failure to pollinate. Are you seeing bees?

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Post  littlejo on 6/20/2012, 9:57 pm

If it's just the very little, new zucchini that is rotting, then it's probably because it was not fertilized. Have you seen bees around the zucchini blooms?

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Post  rita on 6/20/2012, 10:15 pm

I can't remember bees, but some of them coming on are okay, couple others not, i use compost not any fertilizer
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Post  camprn on 6/20/2012, 10:16 pm

If you have no insect pollinators, you may need to do it yourself. There are a few previous threads about hand pollinating.

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Post  Triciasgarden on 6/20/2012, 10:59 pm

From what I read, if it is a tiny bit, you can scrape off the rot with your nail and it will harden over and will grow. Don't know if that is a possibility or how bit of an area you have.

I have a question from the others, if a zucchini is growing, wouldn't that show that it was fertilized? I guess I don't understand all of the pollinating stuff.
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Post  littlejo on 6/20/2012, 11:23 pm

Zucchini and most squash, pumpkins all have male flowers and female flowers.

The male flowers will have the flower on a thin stem, attached to the main stems.

The female flower will have the flower attached to a baby(zuc,squash,pumpkin,etc)

Embarassed If a bee/bug/human takes pollen from the male flower and put it on the female flower, then the baby will continue to grow. If no pollination, no baby.

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Post  Triciasgarden on 6/21/2012, 11:09 am

I got interrupted here by three grandkids and worded that incorrectly and not completely. I meant to say I
know about pollination but I didn't see how lack of pollination would make a zucchini rot. Since then I found that it indeed could. Most everyone has had an end go rotten. I have had it where the flower is what starts and then it moves up the zucchini. In that instance I have broken off the flower and the zucchini has continued to grow. Someone else had suggested if it is a teeny amount you can scrape off the rotted part with your nail and it would heal itself and continue to grow.
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