Posted by quiltguy on December 26, 2002 at 16:12:00:
In Reply to: Re: Squash posted by Newt on December 02, 2002 at 08:57:55:
: : Plant flowers and closes up and will then fall off stem. What is the problem??????????
: Hi Bill,
: I sounds like blossom end rot. This should be helpful.
: Good luck,
squash plants have flowers of 2 types. the males, which usually flower first, are on long skinny stems. they are there to pollinate only, they produce no fruit. the female flowers are usually on shorter stems and you should be able to see the immature fruit(vegetable) directly under the flower. if the flower does get pollinated, the stem and the fruit will start to expand into the squash you'll recognize. the male flowers are relatively expendable, you can lose some and still have enough left over to provide pollen for the bees to do their job.. if you are losing a lot of female flowers, something is obviously wrong. no pollination, or too hot come to mind. the situation should correct itself. if you don't see any bees buzzing around, pollen is not getting transferred. you can do it with an artist's brush, or you can go to the market and buy some. homegrown squash is no better than store bought. take care of your tomatoes, they'll give you much better satisfaction. good luck, and enjoy