Where are my female zucchini flowers?
June 9, 2014 10:34 AM Subscribe
I planted a zucchini plant in a container in March (I'm in the US, zone 9) and it has only given male flowers. It's probably gone through 6 generations of flowers by this point. Am I ever going to get squash? What's going on here? Details provided inside.
posted by karbonokapi to Home & Garden (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
-Powdery mildew has been an issue. I pinch off affected leaves and have been spraying regularly with neem oil. Also I've picked a couple of little green caterpillars off in the past few weeks, before they managed to do much damage.
-I cut off the earliest flowers to eat but have left the others on until they wilt, just in case the females were coming. (Should I be doing something different?)
-The plant is alone in its 5-gallon container. I have lots of other plants (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, herbs, etc.) in other containers and they are all healthy.
-It has been fertilized a couple times with the appropriate amount of extended-release granules.
-Not sure if we have many bees, but I'm prepared to facilitate the flower sexytimes myself, once I get female flowers.