[Market-farming] slow squash

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Mon Jun 18 11:01:16 EDT 2007


That's probably correct. The situation improves when bees begin to make a 
habit of visiting the flowers. It takes them time to find the flowers and 
establish them in their routine.

Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center
www.nres.uiuc.edu/faculty/directory/shoemaker_wh.html


>
> I was told that when the squash gets pointy on the end (and generally 
> stops
> growing) instead of developing a nice even girth the whole length, that
> that's also a pollination problem.  Does this sound right?  This happens 
> on
> a lot of my first squash, but tends to ease off after the first pick or 
> two.
>
> Rachel in Eastern Washington
>
>
>
> On 6/16/07 2:51 PM, "Bill Bradshaw" <billbradshaw at hughes.net> wrote:
>
>> If were talking summer squash, squash comes first, then the bloom on the
>> end. Male flowers should already be opening. Bill
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>>> If you have lots of young squash, I would think the pollination
>>> already took place. Has it been cool in your area? Squash slows down
>>> when it is cool, and really grows fast ( need to pick every day fast)
>>> when it is warm. Normally we pick every other day. But, it has been
>>> raining and cool so we back off to every 3rd day or so.
>>> Today, it's back in the mid 80's so I bet I have a pick out there
>>> waiting for me.
>>> Carla in Oklahoma
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