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Squash vine borers got my plants. Should I plant more?

Squash   

I have lost my squash plants to borers. Cut open the vines and found the larvae. I'm down in Texas, is there time for me to plant some more or is it a waste of time?


Posted by: Bill (3 points) Bill
Posted: June 23, 2013




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I don't know Texas growing conditions, but here's a tip I learned on another site. If you still have the plants, and any part of the stem is unaffected by borers, you can bury the stem and it may grow new roots.


Posted by: Tanya in the Garden (128 points) Tanya in the Garden
Posted: June 24, 2013


Bill commented,
Didn't know that, thanks. Too late for those plants - I ditched them but I will know for next time
about 7 years ago.



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Plenty of time for zucchini and other summer squashes! You probably still have time for a wide variety of winter squash, too. Look for the varieties that mature in 85 to 95-days.

And Tanya's right: You can cover unaffected lengths of stem with soil and still harvest fruit from those re-rooted sections.

To help control the borers: Cover young plants with row covers until they begin to set flowers. Also try wrapping lower stems with aluminum foil to prevent the moths from laying eggs.


Posted by: Peg Boyles (3 points) Peg Boyles
Posted: June 24, 2013


Bill commented,
Will try out the tip with the aluminum - thanks
about 7 years ago.



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There is still time to plant new squash. I would do a little research on what type of borer you have and get some food safe pest control products.

I hope this helps!


Posted by: Reese (1 point) Reese
Posted: June 24, 2013


Bill commented,
I try not to use any chemicals if I can avoid it, will try some new plants with some of the advice above and hope that it doesn't happen again, if not I guess I may have to consider an insecticide - thanks for your reply Reese
about 7 years ago.



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