Squash - Knowledgebase Question

Weaverville, CA
Question by airdefence
July 29, 1998
Should the flowers on the non-productive stems of squash be removed, left alone, or what?

Answer from NGA
July 29, 1998


If the flowers are male (no swelling on the stem behind the flower) then you can remove them. If you remove the female blossoms, you're removing potential fruit. If a squash vine is non-productive, pinch out the growing tip. That way the plant will put its energy into ripening fruit rather than growing additional vine.

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