Zuccini-beautiful plants but flowers fall off and no zuccinis

Asked August 30, 2017, 3:39 PM EDT

Why do I get beautiful Green squash (zuccini) plants with plenty of flowers, but flowers just fall off without producing any fruit. There is adequate sun and I plant them into rich soil. I also make sure they get plenty of water. What can I do ?

Baltimore Maryland

1 Response

In summer squash plants such as zucchini, the male flowers open first, before the plant starts producing the female flowers. These first male flowers will drop off. There is essentially nothing for them to do until the female flowers open. This is normal. The plants develop female flowers usually 1-2 weeks after the male flowers appear. http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-summer-squash If the female flowers are falling off, it could be caused by poor pollination or stress (e.g., cool, wet conditions).
https://extension.umd.edu/growit/pollination-problems-vegetables

It sounds like you have your zucchini plants in the right place with full sun and good soil. You might just need to give them more time, or try hand pollination.

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