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my squash shriveled up

Squash    NJ

My squash got to about 3 inches long and then just shriveled up. what could have caused this? can i grow squash again this year or will the same thing happen?


Posted by: Beth Johnson (2 points) Beth Johnson
Posted: March 1, 2013




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Hi Beth,

I think your squash may have shriveled up because it was not pollinated. When female squash flowers develop, they have what looks like tiny squash on the back of them (this is the ovary). If it is pollinated and successfully fertilized, when the flower falls off it will keep growing into a larger squash. If not, then the ovary may grow a bit more (to a couple inches) then shrivel and fall off. To avoid lack of pollination you can use a paint brush to move pollen from freshly opened male flowers (those without the "baby squash" ovary) to the female flowers. Plant a few squash plants in your garden to help ensure that you have male and female flowers blooming at the same time. I hope this is helpful!


Posted by: Kerry Mauck (58 points) Kerry Mauck
Posted: March 1, 2013


David Hughes commented,
Nice answer Kerry. Welcome to PV. It would be great to have a few photos to go with your nice description. Uploading photos is easy. Thanks

over 7 years ago.

Kerry Mauck commented,
Thanks David. I am really enjoying this site so far. As far as images, I don't have any that I have personally taken, but I was able to find a nice example of the problem on the website of a pest management scientist:
http://lindagilkeson.ca/disorders.html

Pollinator.com also has a few additional images, as well as a link at the bottom for hand pollination techniques for squash and related crops. I have used this method before and it is very effective, although the last few years the bees have been doing a good job of it.
http://pollinator.com/squash.htm

over 7 years ago.

David Hughes commented,
Thanks very much for the follow up
over 7 years ago.

Beth Johnson commented,
Sorry for my late response, thank you very much Kerry. That does sound like it could be the problem, I have given you the blue ribbon
over 7 years ago.



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