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Name: Tom
Southern Maine (Zone 5a)
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Tom
Jul 13, 2013 10:10 AM CST
what causes Zucchini to roll and twist up? I have 4, 2 green and 2 yellow. 1 of each are twisting up but the green one is doing it the most :/ It's enough that it will break the flowers off and stems too!Thumb of 2013-07-13/Tom/83c3a4
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Name: Tom
Southern Maine (Zone 5a)
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Tom
Jul 18, 2013 3:25 PM CST
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abhege
Jul 18, 2013 4:57 PM CST
Mine have wrapped over, but never all the way around. Weird.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Jul 18, 2013 5:12 PM CST
Howdy, Tom...

I couldn't say. I kept wondering if you were in a high wind area and wondered if that came into play. Then I saw the light-colored stems and their elongated nodes and wondered if they were getting enough light. Are these plants out in a field, garden?

Befuddled,
Shoe
Name: Tom
Southern Maine (Zone 5a)
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Tom
Jul 19, 2013 5:38 PM CST
yup, they get light all day. I've thought about holding the main stem steady and see what happens. It only appears to be doing this on the green zucchinis for the most part,.....one yellow is rolling a little.
Benjamin Franklin’s admonition made over 200 years ago when he said, “Security and freedom are not the same thing… in fact just the opposite. The more security you seek, the less freedom you have. The people with the most security are in jail. That’s why they call it maximum security.”
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
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Horseshoe
Jul 19, 2013 5:55 PM CST
Well I'm crossing fingers you get a nice crop of zukes, no matter what!

By the way, I actually staked my zuke plants one year and would tie the main stalk to the stake (like a tomato stake) and it worked great! Zukes were up off the ground and hanging like Christmas tree ornaments. I don't know much about southern Maine weather but maybe you can have fun trying that, too. (I guess I picture Maine as always being a bit on the cool side.)

Hope you keep us updated on how things are growing.
Best to you and yours,
Shoe
Name: Tom
Southern Maine (Zone 5a)
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Tom
Jul 20, 2013 7:40 AM CST
Thanks Shoe :)
Maine has the widest temperature swing in the US I believe. It'll get down to -15 in the winter and 105+ in the summer :o
our summers get hot and humid very quick for a month or two then it cools off just as quick as it came. yesterday it was 95F with 80% humidity!!!!!
maybe next year I'll try staking my zucchinis:) Right now I have my cukes,melons,and winter(buttercup) squash climbing. last year my pumpkins where climbing my fence and it looked really cool! Smiling
Benjamin Franklin’s admonition made over 200 years ago when he said, “Security and freedom are not the same thing… in fact just the opposite. The more security you seek, the less freedom you have. The people with the most security are in jail. That’s why they call it maximum security.”
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Jul 20, 2013 4:02 PM CST
Wow, I feel for ya on those temperature swings! Yikes!

Hope you can take a pic of your climbing cucurbits...sounds like a great photo! I have my Sugar Baby watermelons climbing a fence again this year; I'll have to take a pic when they get to "sling stage".

Best to you and yours..
Shoe

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