Zucchini Only Supports 4 Fruits - Knowledgebase Question

Rich, NY
Question by peterchu
June 28, 1999
I have a zucchini plant. It had one big fruit and a smaller one. Two other small fruit almost set but died. Did I water too little? Did I fertilize enough? This is the first crop.


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Answer from NGA
June 28, 1999

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Zucchini usually sets an almost continuous crop unless there is a problem. The most common problem is that the zucchinis are not picked often enough. When this happens, the plant puts all of its energy into supporting one huge squash instead of producing more blooms. It is best to pick them when they are quite small, say about six inches long. This also helps avoid that overabundance zukes are known for! Another possibility is that the nonstarters were actually showing a pollination problem which occasionally occurs with the early fruits. This should self correct assuming there are bees and other insects around to pollinate. In the meantime, keep the soil moist yet not soggy (a mulch will help) and if you did not fertilize earlier, you might apply a topdressing of compost and/or a granular fertilizer according to the label instructions. Enjoy those squash!

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