The Q&A Archives: Two Types of Squash In One Pack of Seeds

Question: I have two kinds of squash (Ambassador zuchinni and Yellow Crookneck squash) in my garden. The zuchinni were planted from seed, and the squash were transplanted. My problem is that with both types, there is one plant that produces a lot of fruit and has a fair number of large leaves; and one plant that has many more smaller sized leaves and dozens of male blossoms, but only a few female blossoms/fruit. All the plants receive similar amounts of light and water, and were planted at the same time. The plants that fruited have produced about 10 times more than the ones with a lot of leaves and small male blossoms. Is there such a thing as male and female squash plants?

Answer: In a word, yes. The oddball plants are added to some seed packets precisely to act as pollinators when the primary variety is a poor pollinator alone.

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