I am a new zucchini planter this year. My plant is big and green, but I only see male flowers and one small zucchini fruit. In my research I decided to try to hand pollinate but here are my questions.
One, when there is a small fruit with a blossom on the end, does that mean it's already been pollinated or does that flower still need to be pollinated even though the fruit has already started to grow?
I thought maybe it still needed to be pollinated, so I attempted to hand pollinate this morning when the male was wide open, but I wound up knocking the female flower right off the fruit. I only touched it ever so gently with a q-tip! Did I destroy my only fruit?
Also, anyone know why I have only male flowers? As I mentioned, I had one female, but she is now a goner. I will continue to check each morning to see if any new females appear.
Thank you for your insight!