Ardangardener
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squash blossoms drying up without friut

I have a problem with my zuccini and my yellow summer squash... they blossom profusely on healthy plants but the blossoms dry up with no sign of a fruit forming. I'm growing them in a raised bed behind a concrete block wall and was wondering if the concrete would affect them. They seem to be pollinated by a wasp. This has been happening for ove a week now with new blossoms every day or so. Any ideas?

Tinijocaro
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Could it be that all your blossoms so far are males? Only the females will produce fruit. If the blossom doesn't have a tiny zucchini lump behind it, then it is a male and will never produce fruit. You might just need to wait for some female blossoms.

opabinia51
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I concur.

Ardangardener
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I now have babies... I just wasnt being patient. Thanks for the replies.

decam0
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I've heard (and correct me if I'm wrong) that it's best to pinch off the males stems before they have time to develop a blossom and pollinate the female blossom. This polination apparently makes the fruit taste bitter.
I do this and still get fruit without pollination.

decam0
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P.s. I'm talking about zuchinis (or as we call them in the UK - courgettes!)

opabinia51
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No worries, zucchinis are just summer squashes. I love them but, only plant one or two seeds now after having a garden full of them a few years ago.

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