Re: Zucchini problem

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Posted by quiltguy on December 26, 2002 at 17:02:36:

In Reply to: Zucchini problem posted by Steve on July 29, 2002 at 19:10:04:

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: My Zucchini plants look to be growing fine. When closely looking at them, it appears as if they are rotting where the plant comes out of the soil. This has happened to me the last few years. Eventually the entire plant dies before any Zuch's are produced.
Bet you a plate of ratatouille that you've got squash vine borer. eggs are laid at soil level, hatch and the caterpillar burrows into the stem to chomp away. you can't spray, you could slit the stem and dig it out( always a pain) plant somemore seeds, the eggs are not laid all summer. the later plants are normally borer free. as far as i know, only butternut squash does not experience squash vine borer, because it's stem is not hollow. unfortunately, it's not a substitute for zucchini. good luck.

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