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last year all my summer squash plants died. this year they are growing and even producing some fruits. now on a couple of the plants the squash are rotting. The fruits are about 2 inches long. the blossom has not fallen off yet and is brown at the end. where the squash meets the blossom is rotting. brown and squishy. the fruits are not touching the ground. on the other two plants which are separated by a row of eggplant, the squash plants and there fruits are ok so far. the ones that are rotting the plants are smaller and have produced more fruits than the other 2 which mostly have blooms but whose 1 or 2 squash are larger and doing fine. i have no mulch down. we have had a lot of pouring rains this past june. i've watered when the beds are dry and i've miracle growed them about every 10-14 days. anyone have any idea why this might be happening? i'm trying so hard to get myself some nice fresh garden summer squash. help me please!!!!!
Debi, how much water are they getting? I've had this problem before ~ lots of spring rains and me watering them on top of that ~ and a little Mexican man told me to hold back on the water. Voila! Lotsa' healthy squash in no time.
yes, we've had a lot of spring rains. a lot of 80 or 90 degree days and when it rains it pours and pours. i have watered when it was dried out, and on the 90 degre days they were even wilting. they seem to be doing better now though, since the long heavy rains have stopped.
there are female and male buds? what is the difference? how do they differ?
oh, i learn so much here at dave's.
All of the cucurbits (melons, squashes, cucumbers) unabasedly show their gender. The male flowers have long, thin stems that join right to the plant. The females have a bulge, sort of like a miniature of the fruit, at the base of the flower. That's the ovary, just waiting to be pollinated.