hollow squash - Knowledgebase Question

Warrenville, So
Question by jmm824
May 20, 2010
I asked last night about my crookneck squash growing with no seeds. They are only about 3-4 inches in length on the plant but empty inside. If I leave them on the plant the deflate! I grew them from package seeds I purhcased at the Home Depot.


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Answer from NGA
May 20, 2010

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I'm relatively certain the problem has to do with lack of sufficient pollination, accommpanied by weather conditions. What you describe are the signs and symptoms of a condition called hollow heart. Hollow heart is a problem most likely to occur early in the season and when conditions alternate between wet and dry soil and / or hot and cold temperatures. Good pollination is important in preventing this disorder, so companion planting to encourage lots of bees and other pollinating insects can help. Too much nitrogen and/or excessive water, especially during fruit set, can also encourage hollow heart. I think as the plants mature, the weather stablizes and there's more bee activity in the garden, the problem will go away. Best wishes with your squash.

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