The Q&A Archives: squash blooms

Question: Our squash plants look, but the beautiful blooms fall off making no fruit! What can we do?

Answer: Squash have separate male and female blossoms on the same plant. They are quite distinguishable: the male flower has a straight stem; the female stem has a bulbous enlargement just behind the petals, which eventually becomes the squash fruit. Usually the male flowers are produced before the female ones appear, and there are always more male flowers than female. As the plant matures things will balance out and the female flowers will develop into fruit. Just be patient with your plant and soon you will see lots of fruits developing. Enjoy!

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