Zucchini in container

Asked August 2, 2015, 11:37 AM EDT

Started in the Spring. Got one fruit but struggling all the time - several more tried to grow but died off and the leaves green and yellow have white spotty stuff (seems moldy) and there were ants but not really any more. At one point I just cut off all the bad yellow / gray brown dried up leaves and shoots and it seemed to get better. I tried fertilizing more and that seemed to help a little but the white spotty stuff is always there and always ends up at east some of it turning yellow/gray. The stalk is dark green with white? Around the offshoots. Any help is appreciated. I am ready to quit

Baltimore Maryland

1 Response

It is not easy to grow squash in containers. They take up a lot of room and sprawl all over the place. If the container was not large enough for the root system this may have weakened the plant and made it more susceptible to other issues. In general Older foliage tends to wither and die. Also, the soil may be too moist, not enough moisture, lack of fertilizer, etc. Squash can be susceptible to powdery mildew. However, squash foliage can have a natural color/veining pattern and may be mistaken for powdery mildew. View photos on Google of squash foliage. See more on powdery mildew http://extension.umd.edu/growit/powdery-mildew-vegetables
See our vegetable profile on squash and container gardening. In the future you may want to select compact varieties suited to containers.
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG600%20Container%20...
http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-summer-squash mh