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St. George, UT
wortmo
Jun 22, 2017 8:59 PM CST
We planted all kinds of summer squash. The zucchini start to form, and then it starts to turn yellow on the blossom end. Then, it shrivels up and dies. We have heard all kinds of things from, "don't get the plants wet or you will wash away the pollen", to, "it's too windy and hot.". It is very frustrating.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Jun 23, 2017 12:58 AM CST
The squash flowers aren't getting pollinated. You could try a small soft artist's brush to transfer pollen around from flower to flower. If you want to be more natural, plant some flowers around them to attract natural pollinating insects (and they aren't all bees).
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jun 23, 2017 6:31 AM CST
Ditto.
And....
Weeds aren't necessarily bad.... Awful lot of so-called weeds attract pollinators like mad....
Trying to have too tidy of a garden is possibly one of the worst mistakes most people make.
Do you have any flowers planted yet?
Zinnias, cosmos, and marigolds are probably some of the easiest to get going from seed....
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 23, 2017 10:44 AM CST
Yes, they aren't getting pollinated.

The female flowers are the ones with the small zucchini. The male flowers have a smooth stem with no fruit. Take a male flower and swish it around inside the female flower.

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