tcy1227
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Growing Zucchini - Beginner

Hi all,

I am new to growing zucchini (or any squash) and am just wondering a few things. Any help/advice is greatly appreciated.

If I pick blossoms, does this affect the actual zucchini at all? In other words, does the flower need to pollinate or remain on for the zucchini to grow? Where on the plant to I remove the flower, or do I just pick the young squash along with the blossom? If I ONLY want zucchini, do I need to leave the blossom on?

Thanks,

Tom
Growing on my rooftop deck in NYC

kylie77
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Here is my very limited knowledge of zucchini... it's my first year growing it too. Zucchini have male and female flowers. The female flowers are the ones that grow zucchini. They do have to be pollinated. People eat the blossoms and it's supposed to be really nice (haven't tried it myself). The male blossoms usually come first. If there are no female ones to be pollinated then you might as well go and pick them, wouldn't make a difference to the plant. When the females bloom though you need to have a male so they can be pollinated. You can help them out with this as well by using a paintbrush or q-tip, or even by picking the male flower and peeling it back to expose the inside. Then use this to pollinate the females. I don't know if you need the blossom to stay on the female once it's pollinated. I have had one female open so far and that blossom has fallen off already. I don't yet know if that was pollinated well enough although I think it wasen't :(. I would think though that the blossom would fall off when the zucchini starts growing, but I'm not sure about that.

That's about all I know about zucchini! I'm sure someone else will be along shortly with more information.

cynthia_h
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kylie77 wrote: I would think though that the blossom would fall off when the zucchini starts growing, but I'm not sure about that.

That's about all I know about zucchini! I'm sure someone else will be along shortly with more information.
Other than letting you know that the blossom doesn't always fall off, I think you've covered the basics very well! :D

Cynthia H.
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kylie77
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:) Thanks! I'm trying to learn as I go!

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