Blossoms On Seedlings - Knowledgebase Question

Coventry, CT
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Question by Soderq
May 3, 2000
Our zucchini and squash seedlings doing beautifully in our sunroom. The weather here is still cold, but the seedlings have sprouted blossoms. It'll be a week or more before the weather gets mild. Should we pick off the blossoms?

Answer from NGA
May 3, 2000
I would pinch them off. At this point, you want the plant to be spending its energy on foliage and root systems, not on flowering. In my experience seedlings blossom when they are rootbound and stressed for moisture, nutrients, or space. I hope you can get these seedlings in the ground soon. I recommend direct sowing some extra seeds, too, just as insurance, in case this batch is stunted. Good luck to you!

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