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Question: My crook neck squash and my buttercup squash each look great until they get about 2 inches long and then they just start rotting and fall off the vine. Other customers at my local Home Depot say they have the same problem and have tried watering more and also tried watering less with no improvements either way. can you help?

Answer: Incomplete pollination can cause squash to stop growing and rot, but a disease called blossom end rot can do the same. If the squash is rotting from the end to the stem, blossom-end rot can be taking its toll on your squash. This condition is caused by wide fluctuations between wet and dry soil. To prevent the problem, water deeply and apply a thick mulch over the soil surface to keep evaporation at a minimum. Hope correcting the problem results in a bumper crop of squash for you!

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