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saviour1988
May 25, 2020 6:40 AM CST
Hi

I Have this Zucchini plant and its producing mainly male flowers.

What can I do to have more females flowers and fruits pls?

Do I need to do pollination myself?

Thanks
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gardenfish
May 25, 2020 7:22 AM CST
Hello. It seems that sometimes the first blossoms are all male. Do you know how to tell which is the female blossom? It will have a teeny tiny squash at the base of the bloom, sometimes hard to see. You shouldn't have any problems with pollination when you get female blooms, but if you do, you can hand pollinate with a very small paintbrush, the kind used for water color or oil painting. Touch the brush to the pollen in the male bloom, then touch the female parts in the inside of that bloom.
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saviour1988
May 25, 2020 7:29 AM CST
so if its a female flower I will recognize this as it will have a fruit forming up and the inside of the flower will look like this in the photo?

Or I can have a female flower without any fruit as well that might need pollination?

Also what can I do to encourage more fruit growth please ?

Thanks for your help.
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gardenfish
May 25, 2020 8:41 AM CST
No, that stuff on the inside of the bloom are the sex parts of the blossom. The female bloom has a teeny fruit at the base of the bloom, where the bloom is connected to the stem that is connected to the plant. Kind of hard to describe. I'm hoping someone has a link or a picture to show you.
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