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May 5, 2020 9:04 AM CST
I have planted both crooked neck yellow squash and zucchini. My zucchini is growing really big and is starting to flower. However, my yellow squash is growing much slower and is still very small. The yellow squash does look like it is beginning to flower. Do I need to do something to my yellow squash to help it grow faster and bigger?
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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May 5, 2020 10:13 AM CST
Welcome! were these planted at the same time? Did you grow them from seed or buy plants? Sometimes different varieties of the same basic plant grow at different rates. I would try a light fertilization, one with a number of 4-4-4. Zucchini has a reputation of being a monster. Just give the crookneck some time to catch up.
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Mother Teresa
Milpitas, CA
May 5, 2020 3:04 PM CST
Pic of plant and pot/ground please.

The more info you can give the better someone can help.

Awaiting your reply!
May 6, 2020 8:52 AM CST
I planted all of the plants at the same time using Miracle Grow Organic Raised Bed Garden Soil. I planted them mid March. I will try the 4-4-4 fertilizer!

The plants in the wooden box are all zucchini. I have 2 identical pots. The one with the bigger plant is zucchini and the one with the smaller plant is the crooked neck yellow squash.

The brown box has 4 crooked neck yellow squash on one end and 2 zucchini on the other end.

I hope this helps

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Milpitas, CA
May 6, 2020 9:25 AM CST
Your wooden rectangle box is good. I can't tell from the over the top view of your circular pots. Although I don't think those are the ones in question.

I asked for more pics to get a depth size of your planters. Squash like to grow roots, 2-4 ft deep. Also, they like to shoot their roots down first, and then grow above the soil!

My zucchini had only 1 true leaf for a long time. But because I had it in a clear container I could see the roots shooting down, down, down. Now that it hit the bottom (and it's wrapping back up and around), the top is growing like crazy. This could be the case with yours. Or maybe you have a slow grower. As long as you give it what it needs, and don't over do it, the plant will kick in to another gear eventually. Your plants look really good!

If you don't mind me asking, what's your watering routine looking like now?

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