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San Diego
Oct 20, 2017 5:34 PM CST
See attached picture. My zucchini grow nice and proportioned until the end connected to the vine gets really fat. Eventually the rest of the zucchini grow to match.. except the ends. They stay small and eventually turn yellow and soft. Any ideas as to why? I water it every other day. I do live in San Diego so the tempt is usually 70-90 all year.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Oct 20, 2017 6:09 PM CST

Weirdly shaped squash and cucumbers are usually the result of incomplete pollination but that mostly happens in the fall. If your squash are oddly shaped all the time, it may be due to cool temps causing the female and male flowers not to open at the same time. Another cause may be poor watering practices. You might want to start watering daily and deeply. That means the soil is wet 6 or 8 inches down.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
Oct 20, 2017 6:29 PM CST
Our So. Cal weather has been very abnormal this year, so many gardens are having unusual fruit/ flowers. 2 weeks of cool/ fog followed by 3 day heat waves have got the plants as confused as the gardeners. Neither have time to acclimate. We can only hope for next year. Whistling
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Oct 21, 2017 7:20 AM CST
Its incomplete fertilization period ! Cool nites seem to keep blossoms from opening. When blossoms look like they should be open, tear it open some, to get at pollen and hand pollinate. Its been working for me. Ive been having crazy weather also.
Oh gee !😕!!! I just had an ideal. Cut tip of blossom some to get to pollen.
Now ! D'Oh! !!! Why didnt i think of that before ?😕???
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