Single Male Squash Looking for Females

July 15, 2008 | By | Comments (8)

Q: Why do my squash plants have just male squash flowers and no females? Cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and beans planted
in the same area all have fruit on them, but not a female squash flower or squash fruit to be found. What gives?

Thanks,
Loryn James

A: Are you gardening at the History Channel? That would explain the absence of females.

More likely, however, you are dealing with a phenomenon that’s quite common. Early on, squash plants tend to produce only male flowers. As the season progresses, female flowers also appear (they’re distinguished by what look like baby squashes on the stem end), no doubt attracted by the sight of bulked-up males sleeping on the sofa in front of the History Channel, and pollination occurs, resulting in squash. So be patient. Deliverance is at hand.

Grumpy

COMMENTS

  1. Lucy Corrander

    But it would be so very much more practical if only the males and females arrived together, wouldn’t you say?
    This delayed reaction is why gardeners end up going round with paintbrushes to aid the process.
    Lucy

    July 15, 2008 at 12:08 pm
  2. Grumpy

    Gee, do you think that would work for my bachelor brother too? My mother wants more grandchildren!

    July 15, 2008 at 6:53 pm
  3. Lonna

    We live in Tampa Florida. My problem is with our 5 year old orange tree which produces beautiful flowers and then the tiny green oranges … all for nothing… because all but a couple fall off before they are even the size of a marble. We water and fertilize but nothing seems to help. Any suggestions for us?

    July 25, 2008 at 5:13 pm
  4. Grumpy Gardener

    Lonna,
    Sorry it’s taken the Grump so long to respond, but I’ve been heavily involved in a top-secret project to make Britney Spears so boring and ordinary that she drops out of the news completely.
    I don’t think fertilizer or lack of fertilizer is the problem. Fruit drop of citrus is very common and a number of different things can cause it. For example, ‘Valencia’ and ‘Navel’ oranges seems quite susceptible. Watering too much or poorly drained soil can also cause fruit drop. In addition, some citurs selections require cross-pollination with a different selections to bear fruit. Without it, the fruit grows to marble size and fall off.
    You can peruse some really good information from the University of Florida about growing citrus in the home garden by going to: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/HS132.
    Grumpy

    August 1, 2008 at 2:12 pm
  5. Ralph from soilless grow

    If at first your plants produce all male blooms, that is normal. You’ll see blooms drop and think that something is wrong. Be patient. It may take a week or two before the female blooms begin appearing.
    There are times, that the fruits or even the flowers drop. One of the reasons why it happened is that, pests like Squash bugs, squash vine borers, and cucumber beetles often injure them. Therefore, you must be vigilant to the condition of your plants. You may apply pesticide if you want. Anyway, fertilizer I guess does not account on the falling of fruits or leaves. If ever it affects the plants, the plant might get sick, pale or die. But then, these situations are just part of the game in raising plants. You have to face it, for out from this, you’ll learn much and you’ll become more expert.
    Vegetables and fruits are always the best foods for human. It is merely because, these crops give enough nutrients that our body needs. Now, raising these crops are yet easy and simple. Well, some might find planting a difficult one. But there is no impossible when you try it. At first, you might find it a tiresome task, but as days go by, and you keep on caring of your plants, it will be part of your daily routine, and you would not notice that your body is used to that kind of work. It is not noticeable, that as time passes by, you will have your first harvest, second, as so many more. It is a very good way of spending leisure time indeed. The only thing that you keep in your mind is that, you love your work. You just have to be patient in watering it everyday and apply fertilizer even once. Then make your garden free from weeds. Why don’t you try it now? http://www.designersoils.com/proproducts.html

    May 13, 2011 at 1:21 am
  6. Etagluoh

    I planted squash plants in early May. It is now August 1 and none of my plants have produce any female flowers. They all appear healthy, but so far only males — time is running out! Any recommendations?

    August 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm
  7. Steve Bender

    Eta,

    I hate to say this, but there is nothing you can do except wait and hope.

    August 3, 2012 at 10:13 am
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