This is my first attempt at butternut squash, and the female flowers aren't opening at all. The vines are 8 feet long, have plenty of male flowers (opening), but that's it. The tiny flowers are there, just don't open. Why is this?
Both my melons and cukes have about a dozen male flowers on them with no sign of females yet. While watching the little bees and wasps, honeybees, and the big bumble bees all going at the flowers this morning, I had a theory: Maybe the male flowers open first to alert/attract the neighborhood pollinators, so by the time the females open, there's a good number of them buzzing around.