The Q&A Archives: Squash Woes

Question: My tomatoes and peppers grow like crazy, but my squash plants grow very little and appear stunted. Also, when they do produce a squash it wilts on the end.

Answer: If your squash plants are in full sunshine, are not over-crowded and get plenty of water, they should set lots of fruit. Just in case there's a soil-borne fungus, try planting your squash in a different area of the garden. Squash plants set both maleand female flowers. The male flowers appear first, followed by female flowers. If the female flower is not properly fertilized, the little squash aborts and never fully develops. You might have a lack of insects around when the squash blossoms are ready to be pollinated, which would account for the wilting fruit. If the whole plant is stunted and wilty, you could have a population of squash-vine borers in your garden. Why not try to starve them out this year by not planting squash? Once the population isreduced you can resume growing squash.

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