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butternut squash

Hi everyone, I have a question: does butternut squash bolt? I'm growing one in a bucket and I've kept it in my conservatory. It has 10 pretty big leaves, as big as my palm, but hasn't begun to creep yet, so I haven't staked it. However, yesterday I've noticed 4 or 5 buds at the base of the plant. Is that normal? Or is it bad (by that I mean that are the flowers just going to drop off without producing fruit)? Thanks in advance image

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    It's quite normal and they'll probably be male flowers anyway.  Some of mine are doing the same.  I generally find the fruits start setting on those female flowers which appear about a metre away from the main stem.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • loony gardnerloony gardner Posts: 107
    Thank you for setting my mind at rest image
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