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Post  Popo on 5/28/2014, 2:07 pm

Can you trim the leaves back so it does shade other plants too much? My Zucchini plant is bigger than any other plant in my garden but the zucchini's seam small is this normal? I am new to this and thought zucchini was a vine and placed it on the back row so it would climb up my trellis but it is a bush. Is there a such thing as a zucchini that vines?
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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 5/28/2014, 5:52 pm

It's a bit of work, but you can tie a zucchini up a trellis or pole.  Simply tie it to the support and trim the lower leaves as they begin to die.  

Some zucchini plants put out multiple stems so if yours does it's a little harder to do with them.  I have one right now that I'm training one up the trellis, and letting two other stems go over the side.  

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Post  camprn on 5/28/2014, 6:32 pm

They can be trained up a stake, sort of. You can trim off leaves only below where you have have harvested a squash.

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Post  Popo on 5/28/2014, 7:40 pm

Thanks I'll try what I can and take advice where I can get it. My mom put two zucchini seeds in one square so I told her she might want to move one because my plant is humongous.
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Post  camprn on 5/28/2014, 7:42 pm

Popo wrote:Thanks I'll try what I can and take advice where I can get it. My mom put two zucchini seeds in one square so I told her she might want to move one because my plant is humongous.
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Post  Pollinator on 5/29/2014, 2:19 pm

Killed an adult squash borer moth on my zuchinni this morning. They are just starting to bloom, so it may be a short season.
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Post  camprn on 5/29/2014, 6:37 pm

Pollinator wrote:Killed an adult squash borer moth on my zuchinni this morning. They are just starting to bloom, so it may be a short season.
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Post  Popo on 5/31/2014, 8:09 pm

Mine are blooming like crazy but the zucchinis that it has are small. One started to turn yellow so I cut it off.
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Post  walshevak on 5/31/2014, 8:55 pm

I had two absolutely beautiful zucchini blossoms in my garden this morning. Unfortunately both were female and not a male blossom anywhere in sight.  So, I guess it will still be a while before I get squash.  One of the watermelon's bloomed yesterday, but again, no male blossoms available yet.  Actually, I'm kinda glad the watermelon didn't have a pollinator as I want the vines to get higher on the trellis before forming melons.

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Post  Popo on 5/31/2014, 9:00 pm

Hmm now I have another question and don't laugh too hard because I'm a newbie. How do you know a male blossom from a female blossom?
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Post  meatburner on 5/31/2014, 9:14 pm

Males are so unreliable when it comes timing.  LOL  Just some humor folks.
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Post  walshevak on 5/31/2014, 9:30 pm

Popo wrote:Hmm now I have another question and don't laugh too hard because I'm a newbie. How do you know a male blossom from a female blossom?
Not a silly question at all.  The female blossom has a swollen area almost like a  mini squash at its base.  The male blossom is on a skinny straight stem.  This holds true for squash, melons, pumpkins, and cukes. My watermelon blossom was attached to a slight bigger than a bb sized mini melon.

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Post  Popo on 6/1/2014, 12:37 pm

Thanks Kay I'm learning something new every day.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/27/2016, 1:55 pm

How to freeze zucchini (and probably all summer squashes)?
http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/07/how-i-freeze-zucchini/
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/27/2016, 2:12 pm

walshevak wrote:
Popo wrote:Hmm now I have another question and don't laugh too hard because I'm a newbie. How do you know a male blossom from a female blossom?
Not a silly question at all.  The female blossom has a swollen area almost like a  mini squash at its base.  The male blossom is on a skinny straight stem.  This holds true for squash, melons, pumpkins, and cukes. My watermelon blossom was attached to a slight bigger than a bb sized mini melon.

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Doesn't the inside of the blossom look different, too? It's too hot to check that theory right now, but it's on my radar.  geek
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/27/2016, 4:19 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:How to freeze zucchini (and probably all summer squashes)?
http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/07/how-i-freeze-zucchini/
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Ah, ha! Good article, CC! But I think I'll still dehydrate mine... Takes up even less room.
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Post  llama momma on 7/27/2016, 6:43 pm

I put zucchini in the square next to tomatoes.  Just cut any offensive leaves that got in the way.  Maybe it was wrong, but I still got zucchinis. hungry
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