By Ellen Brown
My Zucchini is growing too fast, it is covering my pepper. I wonder if I cut some leaves to uncover the pepper will this affect the Zucchini or not?
I am growing the zucchini too make relish out of them and the bigger the better helps so I have let them get very big. I noticed few turning orange what does this mean?
Why do my marrow give plenty of male and female flowers, but then the fruits die off? I have tried getting rid of the excess foilage, but then I only get the foliage growing again and nothing seems to happen.
By Jennifer from Stonehouse
Will zucchini stay as a bush or vine out?
It may depend on the kind you planted. Mostly they sell "bush variety" zucchini; but they do sometimes sell vining types. If you still have the seed packet, check it. If you don't have it, you probably will have a bush variety. But like tatr said, leave lots of room around it! I use raised beds in my garden, and one or two bushes will usually do OK in a four by four foot bed. (I have wide aisles.)
My zucchini plants die just as they start to blossom. Later in the season they are covered with a gray beetle. What can be done without using pesticides?
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By James from Wayland, MI
Destroy crop residues after harvest and reduce overwintering sites by tilling.
Control of Curcurbit Insects
Cucumber beetles or squash beetles can be controlled effectively using carbaryl (Sevin), but wait one day after spraying before harvest. For aphids or spider mites use an insecticidal soap such as Concern Insect Killing Soap or Safer Brand Soap. Control heavy populations of aphids or spider mites with neem oil extract (such as Green Light Neem Concentrate or Bonide Bon-Neem).
For vine borers and pickleworms control after mid-June, apply carbaryl (Sevin) or neem oil extract weekly, and spray or dust in the evening to not kill pollinating insects. Wait one day after spraying carbaryl before harvest. Rotenone (such as Hi-Yield Rotenone Dust) is effective against younger squash bugs, but not against the adults. Esfenvalerate (such as Ortho Bug-B-Gon MAX Garden & Landscape Insect Killer RTU) or permethrin (such as Bonide Eight Insect Control Vegetable, Fruit & Flower Concentrate) or bifenthrin (such as Ortho Bug-B-Gon MAX Lawn & Garden Insect Killer Concentrate) will control cucumber beetles, squash bugs, squash vine borers and pickleworms, call your county agent for more info,good luck.
I bought some Zucchini plants this year and put them in a sunny place in the garden. They get plenty of water. The problem is, every time they get a yellow flower on them, it lasts a few days and then drops off. I get no Zucchini. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong? I bought 3 plants and have planted them very close together.
Wanda in NE
By Susan from Hamilton
By Ed B.
Editor's Note: That sounds like blossom end rot: "Blossom-end rot is caused by a lack of calcium in the developing fruit. It may be an indication that calcium is lacking in the soil or that the plant does not have the ability to take up adequate amounts of calcium from the soil. The following measures will help prevent blossom-end rot:
By Brent M.
By Nico from Canada