I am growing zucchini (and other squash) and was curious when to expect the...

Asked June 9, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

I am growing zucchini (and other squash) and was curious when to expect the first female flowers in Baltimore county? I see about 2 or 3 male flowers but have not seen a female. I planted them on May 11.

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It is perfectly normal for squash to produce male flowers first. They can continue to do this for a couple of weeks. So you sound like you are in good shape. Please see the following information, http://extension.umd.edu/learn/vegetable-profiles-summer-squash

dr

Thank you. Is there any timeline as to how long the male flowers come before the females? I saw 2 weeks in the article, but I am thining that they have been coming about that long already?

Also, should I prune off the older wilted flowers?

There is no way to know depending upon weather conditions, soil, etc. You will have to be patient. You do not have to prune the flowers.
mh