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Old 07-17-2008, 01:38 PM   #1
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MIA zucchini

I planted a zucchini plant in early may. It's huge, vibrant and healthy, producing lots of flowers....but I don't see any zucchini...It's as though the plant is sterile. I've got tomatoe and a few peppers already, and a nubby of eggplant...but I don't see any fruit on the zucchini plant. In fact, some of these flowers are growing on stems that look like tulip stems.

Any thoughts??

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Old 07-17-2008, 02:56 PM   #2
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I planted a zucchini plant in early may. It's huge, vibrant and healthy, producing lots of flowers....but I don't see any zucchini...It's as though the plant is sterile. I've got tomatoe and a few peppers already, and a nubby of eggplant...but I don't see any fruit on the zucchini plant. In fact, some of these flowers are growing on stems that look like tulip stems.

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The long tulip type stems are MALE flowers. They have a single stamen which contains the pollen.

There should be other flowers too, with a roundish-type multiple stamen. These are the FEMALE flowers. With a small fruit attached.

The pollen from the male flowers needs to get onto the female flowers. If the female isn't pollinated it will abort its fruit. Bees are supposed to do this but sometimes the zucchini needs your help.

Get a Qtip and transfer pollen from male to female. Early in the am when the flowers are open.

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Old 07-17-2008, 03:04 PM   #3
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Just before the yellow flower, is the green stem bulbous looking, or a skinny stem? Skinny is male, the other; female. You may have only one or the other yet. You can hand pollenate to get the ball rolling by picking a male flower and rubbing the pollen on the inside of the female flower. But the ratio should even out, sooner or later &
You will be innudated with zucs sooner or later.
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ei yi yi....yes I have both types of flowers, apparently not overly interested in each other enough to prevent zucchini genocide.

Hand pollinate, huh?

Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it.
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:22 AM   #5
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That happened to me one summer. Finally at the end of the season a zucchini was growing. I was excited. One day, while I was at work, my father came by and picked it. I did give him an open invitation to pick veggies but I didn't mean that one.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:13 AM   #6
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Well, I gotta admit, the idea of artificially inseminating my plant isn't rocking my world at the moment
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:21 AM   #7
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Don't be silly. In laymen's terms, just take a Qtip, scrape the fuzzy pollen
from the male zuc, and dab that yellow stuff as deep down the middle in the female flower as you can. Done.

That's it. Takes 5 minutes.

Or don't! Let nature take it's course.

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Old 07-18-2008, 09:24 AM   #8
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My dad had to do that with his tomatoes one year....
There are so many places I could go with that but I will leave it alone.
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ei yi yi....yes I have both types of flowers, apparently not overly interested in each other enough to prevent zucchini genocide.

Hand pollinate, huh?

Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:29 AM   #10
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VB, do you use miracle grow or anything?
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