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Beginner Gardening: No female squash blooms

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Memphis, TN

July 5, 2007
7:53 AM

Post #3697367

I've had male squash blooms for appr 3 weeks, still no female blooms. Any suggestions?
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 10, 2007
11:55 PM

Post #3720876

Any luck yet? I don't know that you can do anything other than wait, unfortunately. Did you do more than one plant?
Memphis, TN

July 12, 2007
9:25 PM

Post #3728886


No females yet. Yes, I have 3 plants.
Memphis, TN

July 15, 2007
2:11 PM

Post #3738237

I have 1 female bloom!! I even pollinated it myself just in case the bees were asleep on the job!
Brimfield, MA
(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2007
2:20 PM

Post #3738282

I think Farmerdill once told me that you get a lot of male flowers first and then the females finally come along. Good job pollinating yourself by the way!
Tucson, AZ

July 15, 2007
3:26 PM

Post #3738530

I've noticed that to be true. My pumpkins have been flowering for 2 weeks straight and the females, while on there, still haven't opened. Watermelon females are showing them selves (all 2 of them) while the males are blooming like crazy.
(Sheryl) Gainesboro, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 15, 2007
10:31 PM

Post #3739782

This flowering stuff will sure test your patience, heh ...
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 7, 2013
4:13 PM

Post #9512308

Thanks for this post!!! I am searching for answers myself. I will continue the wait.
Austin, TX

May 24, 2013
6:43 PM

Post #9532970

On most cucurbits, male flowers come out first. Why? Probably to get the insects interested in the patch, so there are some around when the more energy-intensive female flowers arrive. That is a plant invests more in a female flower than a male flower. I have heard that there are some squash that are specially bred for large farms to put out female flowers first, just to accelerate fruiting in a big patch. (Just need one male flower to do the job!)
Austin, TX

May 26, 2013
8:43 PM

Post #9535254

Let me amend what I said about why male flowers come out first. I was just talking with a professor of botany. The answer is a bit more subtle. It seems that this is the strategy that these plants use to try to avoid self-fertilization. See, it is not ideal for a male flower from one plant to fertilize a female flower on the same plant. As in, inbreeding. So if you've got a lot of plants, it doesn't matter much. But if you just have a few, there is some value in having pollen from many plants around when the first female flowers come out. This is consistent with the idea that for a big patch, it's fine for the female flowers to come out early.

This is a good thing to remember if you're doing manual fertilization, as you may have to do if the squash is under row covers.
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 26, 2013
10:00 PM

Post #9535294

This thread is from 2007.., but you can hand pollinate if you like. Lol
Austin, TX

May 27, 2013
11:21 AM

Post #9535810

Just pollinating an old thread. Let's see if it fruits!
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

May 27, 2013
11:47 AM

Post #9535844

I am in the process of planting. I bought peat pot starts of a lot of things this year and have only one of each zukes and yellow crookneck. The are planted next to each other in a hay bale. Will that be problematical for pollinating? I really did not need an overload of squash for the 2 of us, so minimized them.

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