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Help! My zukes are shrinking!!

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Help! My zukes are shrinking!!

Post  Queen Lucy on 7/14/2010, 6:24 pm

What did I do wrong?? I have lovely zucchini and crook neck squash plants that FINALLY bloomed (yeah for a week of sunshine in the PNW!!), and there are little baby zukes/squash growing. However, when they get about 3 inches long, they shrivel up and then fall off.

Did I do something wrong? Do zukes and squash grow okay in a SFG?

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Re: Help! My zukes are shrinking!!

Post  Chopper on 7/14/2010, 7:03 pm

From what I understand this is normal. The first couple often do not get pollinated and they die. To insure pollination, get a paint brush and take pollen from the male flower and put it in the female flower (the one with the fruit). I had the same thing happen with all of my squashes. I now have fruit growing on each one.

If we had to work hard like row gardeners we all would have been too busy to notice the first couple of failures.

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Re: Help! My zukes are shrinking!!

Post  Megan on 7/14/2010, 7:13 pm

That happened to me, too -- pollination issues, I think -- but now I'm having another issue. Do/can squash get blossom end rot? Because that is what it looks like. Except I have some completely healthy looking fruit on the same plant???

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Re: Help! My zukes are shrinking!!

Post  Josh on 7/14/2010, 7:57 pm

Mine grew like that at first too,then I also would have some swivel up and die even though I was getting healthy big ones,then they all started growing and I didn't have any more problems with any dieing.

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Re: Help! My zukes are shrinking!!

Post  Queen Lucy on 7/14/2010, 8:01 pm

Megan--

Apparently zukes can get end blossom rot! Read about it here:

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/squash-blossom-end-rot-causes-and-treatment.htm

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Re: Help! My zukes are shrinking!!

Post  Megan on 7/14/2010, 8:08 pm

Thanks Queen Lucy... time for me to get another spray bottle!

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