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Tinybu88les8
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spaghetti squash

my spaghetti squash plant has a big yellow bud thats just about to open. Does that mean a squash will be coming soon? Do the flowers fall off and a squash follows suit? Im so excited!

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Spagetti squash is like other squash and many vining vegetables, with both male and female flowers. The plant will need to have several flowers before a female gets pollinated and makes fruit. The female flower will have a miniature squash at its base. The male flowers will be long and thin at the base.
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OKay, so these must be male flowers then?

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Yes, they look like it in the photo. On female flowers, there will be a little proto-squash where the flower joins the stem. The proto-squash ("bump") might be 1/4 inch or less, but it will definitely be there.

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