Bitter Zucchini - Knowledgebase Question

Apple Valley, CA
Question by rdbolan
July 20, 1999
We have a zucchini plant that produces some VERY bitter, inedible zucchini, although there are perfectly good ones on the same plant. The blossom on the end of the bitter ones seems to be dried up when we pick them, even though they are the same size as the good ones. Any answers as to how we can prevent this next year?


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Answer from NGA
July 20, 1999

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In my experience zucchini (and cucumbers) are bitter if they are grown without enough water or in soil that is not rich enough or a combination of both. Usually, a moist but well drained (not soggy) soil amended with lots of organic matter and compost works the best along with a regular watering program and a good layer of mulch.

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