No Zucchini? - Knowledgebase Question

Whitesboro, NY
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Question by scanp
August 3, 1998
I have always had good luck with my zucchini, but it seems that this year, I have huge plants and lots of flowers, but no zuccs. Could it be that this year, when I planted the seeds, it was extremely hot & humid and no rain for weeks, and then in mid June it got cooler and lots of rain and now for the past two weeks we have not had any or very little rain?

Answer from NGA
August 3, 1998
Zucchini, like other members of the squash family, produce a large number of male blossoms first then followed by female (fruiting ) blossoms. It is quite possible that the rain pattern has interfered with either blooming, pollination or the insect pollinators. The plants do best with good rich soil fertility and a steady level of soil moisture (but not soggy); if you think pollination is the problem you can try dusting male flowers against female flowers in an effort to accomplish that, otherwise, patience may be the key as long as the plants are healthy. Good luck with your harvest!

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