Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» 2017 Burpee seeds are already on display at HD
by yolos Today at 12:49 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Yesterday at 10:43 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 10:38 pm

» My Shreveport Garden 2017
by katjohn83 Yesterday at 8:37 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:55 pm

» Forum Poll: Social Media
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:34 pm

» EMT Clips
by sanderson Yesterday at 6:51 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:24 pm

» Baker Creek's Seed Bank Store in Petaluma, CA
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:18 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:02 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 3:18 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by Kelejan Yesterday at 3:04 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 9:07 am

» Making Smoothies
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:45 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by AtlantaMarie 1/20/2017, 8:18 pm

» Food Dehydrators
by sanderson 1/20/2017, 1:21 pm

» Green Ice Leaf Lettuce
by MrBooker 1/20/2017, 4:46 am

» New England January 2017
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:11 pm

» Gardening Australia
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:05 pm

» New Forum Feature
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 9:56 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by yolos 1/19/2017, 9:45 pm

» Hi from Acworth GA
by AtlantaMarie 1/19/2017, 9:40 pm

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 6:14 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson 1/19/2017, 5:46 pm

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by has55 1/19/2017, 3:32 am

» heirloom seed companies around a lot of the world
by ralitaco 1/18/2017, 10:58 pm

» What about ink on newspaper and cardboard for mulch?
by Scorpio Rising 1/18/2017, 9:23 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan 1/18/2017, 7:20 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 1/18/2017, 9:23 am

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by ralitaco 1/17/2017, 11:23 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Some Issues With My Squash

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Some Issues With My Squash

Post  Hasselback on 8/7/2012, 7:11 pm

I've got three pretty healthy zephyr squash plants and they're starting to produce. However, I only seem to be able to get one squash to develop at a time. I'm harvesting them at the appropriate size (not waiting for them to get too big), and I'd anticipated that I'd have a "rolling harvest" with smaller squash developing as the bigger ones got harvested. However, they seem to be only growing one at a time. Any smaller squash shrivel and fall off if there is ever a "dominant" squash fruit growing. Then I have to wait (a week or so) for another new female bud to develop from scratch. For instance, if there are two (about the same size) on the same plant, one will inevitably shrivel and die off.

Any suggestions?

G.

Hasselback

Posts : 43
Join date : 2012-04-09
Location : Saipan

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Some Issues With My Squash

Post  walshevak on 8/7/2012, 7:24 pm

Man, that's a bummer. Wish I had an answer for you other than more plants. I supposed you could try a compost tea watering or top dressing to see if the plants just can't take up enough nutrients in the current planting mix to support more than one fruit at a time. But be careful, you can overfertilize as well and get all plant and no blossoms.

Kay


____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast

walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4327
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 74
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Some Issues With My Squash

Post  littlesapphire on 8/7/2012, 8:14 pm

That's actually been my experience with squash most of the time. Usually I have one or rarely two squash on each plant at a time, and only after I harvest it does the plant open more female flowers. However! I currently have six squash on two plants (two on one plant and all it's unopened flowers are female, and FOUR on the other!). I did two things differently to these squash that may have caused them to do this. One method I don't recommend but the other I do.

The first thing I did was I cut the vines open, lol. They were both being attacked by SVB, so I did surgery on them to remove the little beasts. This may have shocked the plants into thinking they were going to die and made them want to reproduce as quickly as possible.

The second thing I did was I topdressed the open wounds with a mound of compost! This is something simple and easy you can try, and even if it doesn't make your plants produce more squash, at least it won't hurt either.

littlesapphire

Female Posts : 826
Join date : 2010-04-08
Age : 32
Location : Jamestown, NY (Zone 5a)

View user profile http://www.sanorigardens.org

Back to top Go down

Re: Some Issues With My Squash

Post  yolos on 8/7/2012, 9:14 pm

Hasselback - Are you sure it is not a pollination problem. If the females are not getting pollinated, they will shrivel and fall off.

yolos

Female Posts : 2910
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Some Issues With My Squash

Post  camprn on 8/7/2012, 9:31 pm

@yolos wrote:Hasselback - Are you sure it is not a pollination problem. If the females are not getting pollinated, they will shrivel and fall off.
+1

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books




camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14040
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Some Issues With My Squash

Post  Sponsored content Today at 12:53 am


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum