[Market-farming] Squash problem in hoop

Kathryn Kerby kakerby at aol.com
Wed Jun 11 11:18:47 EDT 2014


Could it be blossom end rot?  More of a problem in tomatoes but it sounds
very similar.  Pollination problems explain the skinny part of things, but
not the rot part of things.
Kathryn Kerby
Frogchorusfarm.com
Snohomish, WA

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Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Squash problem in hoop

I would guess pollination. 8" is a little long, in my experience, for that,
but I don't know Zephyr. I've seen that commonly at 3-6". 

I've had poor luck with unassisted pollination of zucchini in my hoop
houses, despite their being next to the open sides. I'll be trying to help
things along this year.

  Richard Robinson
  www.nasw.org/users/rrobinson/
  Hopestill Farm
  www.hopestill.com


On 6/11/2014 at 11:05:57 AM, Ron McElwain wrote:
> Just checking to see if I know what is going on or if I have a bigger 
> problem than I think.
>
> I have Zephyr squash in the hoop.  The ends of the fruit are rotting 
> off when the fruit is about 4-8" long.  The fruit are also mostly 
> skinny.  My guess is a pollination problem.  Am I correct or do I have a
bigger problem?
>
> Ron McElwain
> NW Missouri - Zone 5
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