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Zucchini Rots After Blossoms Drop Off

How can I go about preventing blossom rot on zucchini?

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By Gig from Phoenix, AZ

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June 16, 20100 found this helpful

Epsom salts, read the package or google the information on it. Also, consistant watering. Do not spray water on the plant, let it flow on the soil under the plant.

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Epsom salts, read the package or google the information on it. Also, consistant watering. Do not spray water on the plant, let it flow on the soil under the plant.

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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

That may not be blossom rot.

Your zucchini will have two kinds of blossoms, some male and some female. If the bees and other insects do not pollinate the female flower, then the zucchini will start to grow a little bit and then start to rot and will not develop into a fruit.

My neighbors and I are continually pollinating the female blossoms by hand. We take the male blossom and rub it on the female blossom, so that the female blossom is pollinated. this usually does the trick.

My neighborhood friends often come running into my garden begging for a male blossom, as they may have only the female on the plant.

The good news is that later in the season there are more bees and pollination occurs more easily.

If you wish to know how to tell the male blossom from the female blossom, then look on the internet. There is a lot of information there. Just search for "zucchini blossoms"

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June 14, 2010 Flag

Why do my Zucchini rot after the blossom drops off? They never get to picking size.

Hardiness Zone: 6b

By Guilford from Chesterfield Twp, MI

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Zucchini Rots After Blossoms Drop Off

You might have vine borers, which are small caterpillars that can bore into the fruit or the vine. Look for a small hole. You can stick something into the hole, like a nail, to kill the caterpillar. The fruit may then reach harvest size, providing disease doesn't set in. (07/10/2009)

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