hollow crookneck squash - Knowledgebase Question

Warrenville, So
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Question by jmm824
May 19, 2010
I planted crookneck squash and the plants are great and the veggies are nice looking, however they are all hollow inside! What would cause this? The plants are still producing flowers yet all squash is empty.

Answer from NGA
May 19, 2010
It does sound odd, doesn't it? Generally when a female flower is not completely pollinated a fruit will not form. However, if your squash did grow to mature size from a non-cross-pollinated flower, it's possible that the fruit is missing the seeds that would normally develop in the center. It is highly unusual for a fruit to form without seeds but apparently yours did. About the only other explanation for a hollow fruit is overfertilizing/overwatering which could force growth. In this case the outer part of the fruit grew quite large and the seeds (center part) could not keep up. I guess my question to you is whether you planted seeds from a package or if you saved seeds from fruit you harvested last year? Whatever the cause, they are still edible. Enjoy!

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