Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

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.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» N&C Midwest: May is here! 2017
by Scorpio Rising Today at 9:35 am

» Hello from St Louis
by bigdogrock Today at 9:33 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in May 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 8:28 am

» Planting tomatoes, cucumbers and squash back to back on wire mesh trellis.
by walshevak Today at 7:03 am

» boxes on a slope?
by AtlantaMarie Today at 6:24 am

» Rolly Pollys
by sanderson Today at 3:40 am

» Amaranth
by sanderson Today at 3:37 am

» Using Eggshells for your garden
by sanderson Today at 3:31 am

» Strawberry protection
by sanderson Today at 3:15 am

» growing corn
by sanderson Today at 2:58 am

» surprising results from soil test
by dstack Yesterday at 9:52 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 7:06 pm

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Yesterday at 6:17 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 4:06 pm

» Hello from TN
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:53 pm

» Yard and garden Maintenance Gadgets
by yolos Yesterday at 1:54 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 1:23 pm

» Lil' Goners
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 1:13 pm

» Texas Dream garden 2017
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 12:56 pm

» Ground Cherries
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:59 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 8:48 am

» Saving cantaloupe from cucumber beetle?
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 8:29 am

» New England May 2017
by bigdogrock Yesterday at 8:02 am

» Excited to be a part of forum
by Kelejan Yesterday at 12:37 am

» Double summer squash flower
by sanderson 5/26/2017, 8:45 pm

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by BeetlesPerSqFt 5/26/2017, 8:33 pm

» New in NY...Hi all
by Scorpio Rising 5/26/2017, 7:44 pm

» Natural Dying ~ The Thyme to Dye is Coming!
by sanderson 5/26/2017, 3:31 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan 5/26/2017, 3:19 pm

» New For 2017
by Turan 5/26/2017, 2:24 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Ohh ...where did that come from !!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  acara on 9/26/2010, 9:25 am

I've never raised squash before, so I was a little surprised when I came out with my cup of coffee ...







I was used to the tiny little flowers that the tomatoes and cukes produce .... but this things as big as some of the hibiscus I have.

I'm sure everyone other than me has seen a squash blossum before .... but this is my first & kinda kewl
avatar
acara

Male Posts : 1012
Join date : 2010-08-27
Age : 47
Location : Wesley Chapel, Florida (Zone 9)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  Old Hippie on 9/26/2010, 11:06 am

That is one of the things that is so fun about gardening! Hope it sets fruit for you.

GK
avatar
Old Hippie
Regional Hosts

Female Posts : 1156
Join date : 2010-08-12
Age : 66
Location : Canada 3b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  Megan on 9/26/2010, 12:16 pm

It is such great fun, and a grand wonder, too!! Very Happy Congratulations!!!

I get all excited when I see squash blossoms like that. (Made mine a bittersweet sight this morning, unfortunately, to see literally dozens of blossoms on my rampicante... )

Can you tell if that bloom is a male or a female? Males have skinny little stems, whereas the females have a miniature fruit in back of the blossom.
avatar
Megan

Female Posts : 3350
Join date : 2010-04-27
Age : 50
Location : Manassas, VA - Zone 7a

View user profile http://novasquarefootgardener.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  acara on 9/26/2010, 2:07 pm

Your asking the guy who is scared of seeds and screwed up radishes ???

Male or female ...it's gorgeous & it's my first ....so I ain't touching it ...LOL
avatar
acara

Male Posts : 1012
Join date : 2010-08-27
Age : 47
Location : Wesley Chapel, Florida (Zone 9)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  Megan on 9/26/2010, 2:11 pm

LOL... enjoy it, sweetie! Don't be too surprised if it falls off, that is pretty common when it first starts blooming.

One important note for the future: Squash blossoms close by twirling/twisting themselves shut. (Think: Hershey's kiss. Your hibiscus might do the same thing?) They can trap bees inside, so be careful if you are poking around closed blossoms.
avatar
Megan

Female Posts : 3350
Join date : 2010-04-27
Age : 50
Location : Manassas, VA - Zone 7a

View user profile http://novasquarefootgardener.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  Retired Member 1 on 9/26/2010, 7:37 pm

@acara wrote:Your asking the guy who is scared of seeds and screwed up radishes ???

Male or female ...it's gorgeous & it's my first ....so I ain't touching it ...LOL

No need to touch it -- yours is a male. Female squash blossoms have three or four stamens that look like little marbles in the center of the flower. To aid in fruit setting, when you get a female blossom, pull off one of the males, tear off the petal, and dab the male onto the female. OK I'm embarrassed myself, but it does work well. Embarassed Some use a paintbrush, but that's too fussy for me.

Retired Member 1

Female Posts : 904
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : USA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  Megan on 9/26/2010, 7:38 pm

I thought it was a male, but didn't have enough experience to say so for sure. Thanks for teaching us, Belfry!
avatar
Megan

Female Posts : 3350
Join date : 2010-04-27
Age : 50
Location : Manassas, VA - Zone 7a

View user profile http://novasquarefootgardener.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  acara on 9/26/2010, 8:02 pm

@Megan wrote:LOL... enjoy it, sweetie! Don't be too surprised if it falls off, that is pretty common when it first starts blooming.

One important note for the future: Squash blossoms close by twirling/twisting themselves shut. (Think: Hershey's kiss. Your hibiscus might do the same thing?) They can trap bees inside, so be careful if you are poking around closed blossoms.

Yep ..hibiscus does that ....

The blossum doesn't look like it will be around long, but I got some pics so I''m happy.


belfrybat (or anyone) ...do I have to hand-pollenate squash?? Or are they fine if I've got normal bee/butterfly traffic in the gardens?
avatar
acara

Male Posts : 1012
Join date : 2010-08-27
Age : 47
Location : Wesley Chapel, Florida (Zone 9)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Squash Sex Ed

Post  Old Hippie on 9/26/2010, 8:30 pm

belfrybat wrote:No need to touch it -- yours is a male. Female squash blossoms have three or four stamens that look like little marbles in the center of the flower. To aid in fruit setting, when you get a female blossom, pull off one of the males, tear off the petal, and dab the male onto the female. OK I'm embarrassed myself, but it does work well. Embarassed Some use a paintbrush, but that's too fussy for me.

Kinda like teaching someone how to tell which of the new litter of puppies are male or female. LOL!

GK
avatar
Old Hippie
Regional Hosts

Female Posts : 1156
Join date : 2010-08-12
Age : 66
Location : Canada 3b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  Retired Member 1 on 9/27/2010, 9:41 am

@acara wrote:

belfrybat (or anyone) ...do I have to hand-pollenate squash?? Or are they fine if I've got normal bee/butterfly traffic in the gardens?

If you have lots of bee activity, they will take care of it, but for the first couple of female blossoms you might want to hand pollinate just to get that initial exciting harvest. Once you have plenty of both male and female blooming at the same time, let the bees do the work. Around here the bees have been scarce, so I hand pollinated two or three mornings a week.

Retired Member 1

Female Posts : 904
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : USA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  CarolynPhillips on 9/27/2010, 10:50 am

birthday Acara
avatar
CarolynPhillips

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-09-06
Age : 47
Location : Alabama Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  Garden Angel on 9/27/2010, 12:43 pm

What a nice B-day present for you !!
avatar
Garden Angel

Female Posts : 247
Join date : 2010-05-17
Location : zone 8b, SoCal

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  marinal on 11/8/2010, 12:08 am

That is absolutely beautiful!!! I want to plant a squash just for the flower like that. Very Happy Isn't that amazing how butiful the nature is. All you have to do is sit down and enjoy the show.
avatar
marinal

Female Posts : 7
Join date : 2010-11-07
Age : 34
Location : Pittsburgh pa, zone 6

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Ohh ...where did that come from !!

Post  Sponsored content


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