Photo by Melody
We want to hear from you! Please take this short, anonymous survey to help us improve the DG home page.

Beginner Gardening: summer squash question regaurding hand pollination

Communities > Forums > Beginner Gardening
Forum: Beginner GardeningReplies: 4, Views: 43
Add to Bookmarks
Putnam, CT

July 10, 2012
1:17 PM

Post #9200579

Hello from CT USA!
This is my first year gardening. I have several different plants but my main concern, currently, is that my yellow summer squash are beggining to bloom. However, none of the males have opened. They are just green buds. Morning after morning, I helplessly watch my squash go by. I read up and learned to hand pollinate, but to do this I had to pluck and open a green, immature male. The pollen inside it was yellow; but it was wet and clumpy unlike typical flower pollen. I'm afraid the males have not yet sufficiently matured.
Additionally, I pollinated by rubbing the pollen on the females with my fingers. The females wilted slightly shortly after.
Are my males matured enough ? Is this common? WILL they ever open? Is something wrong? Did I damage the females by touching them with my fingers and not using using a paintbrush or q-tip? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Any shared experience with immature males would be great.
Thanks in advance,

Thumbnail by bmo
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Vicksburg, MS
(Zone 8a)

July 12, 2012
10:55 AM

Post #9202814

I see tiny yellow squash on your plants so I'm not sure why you believe you need to hand pollinate?


Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 13, 2012
7:40 AM

Post #9203741

You get 7 male flowers for each female flower, don't pollinate by hand, they grow that way. The male squash blooms fried are a delicacy, ESP while waiting fruit to mature. Do not plant zucchini and yellow simmer squash together or they find a way to cross pollinate and change and abort, do watch for a blackish fungus or too much humidity and water to rot them, do not water every day, soak em and let em dry out, good luck
Grass Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 14, 2012
2:42 PM

Post #9205209

I am having a similar problem except my male flowers open just don't have any females. The few I did have I hand pollinated with a q-tip. I was told to wait and they will come lol...oh and also to start using liquid master bloom every two weeks. From what the nursery told me was it will help with flower and fruit production. So that is my plan for Monday. Good luck:)


Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 14, 2012
7:55 PM

Post #9205458

Yeah, sometimes there are a lot more males for awhile than females,

You cannot post until you register and login.

Other Beginner Gardening Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Vines for shade Foxglove 27 Aug 23, 2007 2:17 AM
wierd bug problem Ivey 9 Mar 7, 2010 7:54 PM
The ComposTumbler dave 43 Apr 18, 2009 5:06 AM
Are there any plants that discourage snakes? If not, any other ideas? Carol7 35 Aug 23, 2007 12:37 AM
Vine support pole Dinu 11 Jan 13, 2014 1:26 AM

Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America