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'slice' in zuke stem - bug?

Post  TheVickster on 5/31/2011, 8:45 pm

I didn't know what to think when I saw this tonight on my zucchini. Bug? Disease? Other?



This is only my second year gardening and my first try with zukes. Last year I didn't pay much attention to most of the plants. This year I'm trying to look them over regularly to hopefully catch problems early.

I love this forum - everyone is so helpful! Thanks!

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Post  FarmerValerie on 6/3/2011, 12:15 pm

Sorry you did not get a reply, I guess most of us are getting busy! I'm not sure, but if I had to gues on a bug I would say squash vine borer, or maybe it was a nturient deficiency.

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Post  TheVickster on 6/3/2011, 5:39 pm

@FarmerValerie wrote:Sorry you did not get a reply, I guess most of us are getting busy! I'm not sure, but if I had to gues on a bug I would say squash vine borer, or maybe it was a nturient deficiency.

Thanks Valerie - I wondered about SVB too, but I didn't see signs of anything at all . . . so strange. It just keeps growing though, so we shall see.

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Post  pattipan on 6/3/2011, 7:23 pm

Or maybe a bird got the SVB caterpillar??? That would nice, eh? I'll bet a robin could do that damage if the prize was a nice fat caterpillar!

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Post  elliephant on 6/4/2011, 9:05 am

I had that happened once last year when tried to put out squash I had started indoors. I think it was drought stress in my case. I pulled the plant, but knowing what I do now about how squash can survive "surgery" and such I might leave it be and see how it does.

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Post  TheVickster on 6/4/2011, 9:49 am

Thanks Elliephant, I'll keep the 'drought stress' in mind for future reference. It still seems to be going strong, so I'll let it go and see what happens. I just might try planting another as a back up . . . thanks

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Post  TheVickster on 6/9/2011, 6:50 am

@elliephant wrote:I had that happened once last year when tried to put out squash I had started indoors. I think it was drought stress in my case. I pulled the plant, but knowing what I do now about how squash can survive "surgery" and such I might leave it be and see how it does.

One more thing, do you think I should bury the 'wound' or leave it exposed?

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Post  elliephant on 6/9/2011, 8:33 am

I really don't know. I pulled the plant that did that last year. This year I performed "surgery" on a few plants due to SVB. I didn't cover the wound, but later read that I should have. I had a 50% survival rate.

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Post  Miss M on 6/9/2011, 3:04 pm

It's such a long, clean slice... it looks like the plant split. Maybe drought stress like was mentioned. From what I've read about SVB damage, I'd figure burying it would be a good idea, to give it additional support and root area.

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Post  TheVickster on 6/9/2011, 7:11 pm

That was my thought (treat it like SVB surgery). It's still going strong . . . keep your fingers crossed for me!

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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/10/2011, 10:07 am

I started two squash seeds indoors and eventually planted them. As they grew and began to blossom, I noticed that both stems had split. Otherwise, they are growing, blooming, and seemingly healthy.

Apparently, this splitting or cracking is common. Like others, I've seen no indication of bugs or disease.

I'll follow the suggestion to bury the stems to provide additional support.

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Post  TheVickster on 6/15/2011, 8:50 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:I started two squash seeds indoors and eventually planted them. As they grew and began to blossom, I noticed that both stems had split. Otherwise, they are growing, blooming, and seemingly healthy.

Apparently, this splitting or cracking is common. Like others, I've seen no indication of bugs or disease.

Well, I'm glad to know I'm not alone! Mine is growing like a WEED and starting to bloom. *whew* Guess I should start looking for zucchini recipes - from what I understand these squash generally produce a lot!

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Post  Miss Mousie on 6/16/2011, 12:20 am

I have the same problem with a melon plant. It's still growing and getting new leaves though. I think I'll leave it alone.

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Post  FarmerValerie on 6/16/2011, 8:28 am

I made zuchinni muffins the other day, from a recipe I have on hand, there is one here on the forum I will be trying next time. I used raw honey instead of sugar (substitute 3/4 c honey per 1 cup sugar) from my husbands bees and zucchini from the garden. Next time I will use applesauce instead of oil, and I hope to add some carrots to it too, when I make carrot cake or zucchini bread I like to "grease" the pan with wheat germ (can find it at Wal Mart in the produce section or baking isle, it is in a jar) it gives what ever you are baking a nutty flavor, without adding nuts.

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Post  Miss Erica on 5/6/2012, 4:51 pm

I know I am reviving an old post here - but the original post is exactly what my plants are looking like... big split along the spine... everything else seems nice and healthy... Been googling and haven't seen a clear answer re: burying the stem or not.... We are in a very tropical area - a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific ocean - so I have no idea if the SVB is an issue here or not. It would have to be very determined to get here - that's for sure!

Eta: I started them as seeds in peat pots and then moved them outside once I got my MM put together. Temps here are upper 70's at night and upper 80's during the day...consistently. There have been a few days that I went out to check on them and they were very wilty/tired looking.... with a heavy watering... they perked right back up. They are in large pots that can be moved in/out of the shade/sun but there is room to bury a bit of the stem if that is a good idea.


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Post  hruten on 5/6/2012, 5:11 pm

The more experienced gardeners need to chime in , but I had that exact problem in Ft. Worth Tx when we lived there. My zuchinni plant was thriving.. then split. It was a vine boring bug of some sort. Eventually their death grip went out to the healthy vines, but it started innocent enough to not make me worry. Shocked I didn't end up with any zuchinni's that year.

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Post  cheyannarach on 5/7/2012, 12:40 am

Okay, I have a question here too... I am doing spaghetti squash for the first time (actually first squash I have ever grown:oops: )this year and started a bunch in pots (I found out now that I could/should probably just direct seed them) but now I have all these squash and a few are maybe a little leggy... So by burying it do you mean when I transplant them outdoors should I bury that leggy part of the stem?

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