Squash Blossoms - Knowledgebase Question

Weaverville, CA
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Question by LeeDiane
July 23, 1998
On summer squash, should the male flowers (the ones on the long thin stems) that are not producing the vegetable, be removed?


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Answer from NGA
July 23, 1998
You can remove the male blossoms if you like, but they'll wither and die on their own after a few days. Rather than risk poor pollination, why not wait until they begin to wilt before you remove them? That way the visiting insects will have had a chance to transfer pollen from the male to the female flowers.

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