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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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.

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

birthday Acara

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

What a nice B-day present for you !!

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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.

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