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Advice for my squash plants

GolizgoGolizgo Posts: 8
I am growing 2 squash plants in the polytunnel and as yet have plenty of male flowers but no female ones. Do the female flowers form on side shoots? If so do I need to pinch out the tip of the plant to encourage side shoots like you do on melon plants. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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  • We have grown squash plants for a number of years, but have never had a shortage of female flowers.  We remove the male flowers, keep the female flowers (they have a mini squash growing behind the flower), I only pinch out the end of the growing shoots when I have 3 or 4 squash forming on that shoot. Perhaps someone else has come across this shortage of female flowers, but we haven't.
  • BONE MEALBONE MEAL Posts: 18
    Thought you needed male flowers for pollination ?
  • GolizgoGolizgo Posts: 8
    Thanks for the replies, I have loads of male flowers just no females, perhaps I am too impatient.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,863
    You do need male flowers for pollination on squashes, but not for cucumbers (pollination makes cucumbers bitter). I have always just let them get on with it. Males are usually formed before females. I used to often hand pollinate, taking the male to the female as it were.  I took the tips out after three fruits had set, so the energy goes into the fruit, not more growth. They were making a takeover bid for the whole garden.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
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