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Post  Dan R on 8/12/2011, 3:09 pm

Hello All,

New to the Forum, but I have been using SFG methods for the past 2 years. I built some racks to grow squash vertically, but have had poor luck with the results. Last year I only harvested about 8 squash from two racks. This year, I put in 6 hills of squash, butternut, butter cup, and crook neck types. Only one small squash so far. Lots and lots of flowers, but most of the squash that appeared have rotted away. I do not water overhead, but only on the hills themselves. We have had very wet and very hot weather here this year, so that may be the problem. The vines and leaves appear to be doing normal, but very poor fruit production. Any thoughts or ideas?


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Post  MarcyG on 8/12/2011, 7:42 pm

It sounds like they are not getting pollinated. Have you seen any bee's in you garden? You might need to hand polinate them.


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Post  Dan R on 8/12/2011, 8:05 pm

Hi MarcyG,

Thanks for the response. Now that you mention it, not too many bees. Is it too late in the season to pollinate by hand? How can I tell the male flowers from the females?

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Post  Chopper on 8/13/2011, 12:05 am

Male have just a straight stem. Females have the beginnings of a fruit. Or you could just use the orgy method.

I just planted a zucchini today. Ever hopeful.


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Post  FamilyGardening on 8/13/2011, 5:29 am

I was having problems with our crook neck squash .....they were setting fruit growing a bit and then die off.....some would get a rotten spot on the bottom of the veggies before dieing......i posted about it here...i also posted some pic's


come to find out....after sharing some idea's....that it looked like it could be BER....i added some calcium solotion and.....well....we have yummy squash now Very Happy

this is what i used Maxi-Cal 10-0-0 from Grow More.....i also used it for my tomato's when they had BER.....

after applying a good drink.....all of the next fruit has been great Very Happy

not sure if this is whats going on with your squash or not...but if it hadnt been for this wonderful group of gardeners....i would have never known that squash can get BER...




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Post  Dan R on 8/13/2011, 5:18 pm

Thanks to everyone for the good ideas. I went to inspect the flowers today, and while messing about opening a flower found a bee busy at work, and quite agited to be disturbed. Managed to avoid getting stung, but did feel hopeful that pollination may be the root cause of the problem.

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