The Q&A Archives: Zucchini

Question: What is the secret to growing this stuff? I can't get it to grow in my garden-this year it died right after the first blooms-which I took off.

Answer: Zucchini is usually easy to grow. The plants need at least 6 hours of sunshine a day, a deep watering when the top of the soil dries out, and little to no fertilizer. Zucchinis usually grow at least 15 leaves before flowering. Often the first flowers are male and will not produce fruit. A female flower has a small swelling at its base, while a male flower does not. Removing the males flowers won't hurt your plant. For best growth, water the plants deeply, letting the top of the soil dry out a bit between waterings. Water around the base of the plant only, not from above. This is important especially in warm climates, where mildew can flourish on the leaves if water droplets sit on them for too long. Wish I had more suggestions for you.

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