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Selina from Granite Falls, WA
Have you noticed a difference in your bee population? It seems to me that more and more people are encountering pollination problems. Bees are extremely sensitive to all types of chemicals, so if you're using pesticides or herbicides on your yard or garden, you may be inadvertently affecting your bee population. Even if you don't use chemicals, your neighbors might be using them.
Your bee population may have also been temporarily reduced as a result of some type of natural blight like mites. In the future, you might want to take over for the bees and hand pollinate your zucchini. To do this, simply remove or peel back the petals from the male flower and rub the pollen from the stamen onto the stigma of the female flowers. You can also transfer the pollen with a small paintbrush or cotton swab. The female flowers are the flowers that have the little bulge at the base of the petals. That bulge is your future zucchini.
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My zucchini are falling of the vine when they reach 1 inch long. What can I do?
Hardiness Zone: 9b
By gerald from New Orleans, LA
Your fruit was stung by pumpkin fly. Buy some pumpkin fly insecticide.