The Q&A Archives: Squash

Question: Should the flowers on the non-productive stems of squash be removed, left alone, or what?

Answer: If the flowers are male (no swelling on the stem behind the flower) then you can remove them. If you remove the female blossoms, you're removing potential fruit. If a squash vine is non-productive, pinch out the growing tip. That way the plant will put its energy into ripening fruit rather than growing additional vine.

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