Pollinating Zucchini Squash - Knowledgebase Question

Middleburg, FL
Question by rwdcd
March 18, 1998
I've been trying for three years here in North Florida to grow zucchini squash like I used to be able to grow up north near Chicago. The plants grow just fine, they flower beautifully. The flowers close and the fruit seems to start forming and then it falls off. NO ZUCC's! What is happening ??? or NOT happening?? Someone told me I have a lack of Bees to pollinate the plants. If this is the case, is it possible to hand pollinate the plants? Any assistance you may provide will be greatly appreciated.


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Answer from NGA
March 18, 1998

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Your zucchini are not being pollinated. If you have just a few plants bees or other pollinators will not visit your plants. The way to correct this is to use a small artist's brush and take pollen from a male blossom and transfer it to the female blossom. The male blossom is the one on a long stem and no small fruit behind the blossom. The female is the blossom with a small fruit behind it.

I live in Duval and have the same problem. I have to hand
pollinate every year.

Good Luck.

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