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Jul 16, 2017 6:47 PM CST
My zucchinis have been growing fine but lately they have been growing very thick at the base near the plant but very thin near the end and starting to rot. Any ideas of what could be going wrong?
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Name: Daisy I
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Jul 16, 2017 9:24 PM CST
It usually means your zucchini are not getting completely pollinated.
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Jul 16, 2017 9:43 PM CST
My cucumbers are doing the same thing.. normally they fill out if you give them a bit more time to mature... of course, that raises the question of whether you've harvested them at the right time, or allowed them to become too mature.
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Jul 17, 2017 8:43 AM CST
DaisyI said:It usually means your zucchini are not getting completely pollinated.

I agree with the incomplete pollination; and, as noted, they will rot if given more time. You can pick them and use them (cut the skinny part off) before that happens, though. Some varieties seem more prone to doing this than others.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Jul 18, 2017 5:57 AM CST
We call them "pollywogs" (like tadpoles). You could try brushing a male flower on the female flowers for better production.
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Jul 18, 2017 1:12 PM CST
DaisyI said:It usually means your zucchini are not getting completely pollinated.

I agree Not enough pollination.

And you can still eat them.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 18, 2017 3:17 PM CST
Pick them, at regular size. Eat, whole fruit. No need to cut small parts off, it's a waste.

Mine, do same thing occasionally ! Threw-out the season.

Hand pollinate, may help, if your short on pollinators.
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