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Dec 18, 2020 6:35 AM CST

Hi all,

I´m cultivating a butternut(pumpkin) plant that I created from sratch from the seed. While the plant is now huge and looks healthy, I am having no luck at all with the fruits. It has many male flowers and a few female ones. Most of the female ones fell down without any fruit after a few days (I assume they were not pollinated) , but I was lucky enough to had one which was pollinated, the fruit grew until reaching 3 times its original size and but it eventually fell down after a week undeveloped.

There was a very windy day last week, but I find it hard to belive that such a huge fruit is so fragile in nature. Here you have some pics of my "aborted" butternuts.

Have you experienced the same? Do you have any tips for me?

Thanks!
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Jan 3, 2021 8:38 PM CST
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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Squash plants, usually produce at least 7 male blooms before a female bloom comes along. The small fruits can abort if temps go wrong, or humidity rots them. Melons and cucumbers are also susceptible to this habit. Hard to tell why yours dropped fruits since I am not where you are to note circumstances. Some years are just difficult for some vegetable plants and other years are awesome.
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