The Q&A Archives: Healthy Plants With Poor Production

Question: Why do I have large healthy zucchini plants, but a very small crop?

Answer: Zucchini is one of the most prolific squash vines in the Pacific Northwest. If you've planted in full sunshine, amended the soil prior to planting, and kept the plants well watered, you should have enough zucchini to share with the neighborhood! There are male and female flowers on your plants and insects (or you) have to transfer pollen from the male to the female blossom. If the weather's cold, or rainy, insects don't visit. So, if you've got lots of blossoms open and you don't see much insect activity, try transferring the pollen yourself by visiting each flower with a small paintbrush. If your plants are producing many tiny squash, break some off so the plant can put its energy into just a few squash. If all else fails, ask your gardening friends for some of their zucchini - they'll be happy to oblige!

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