Squash flowers falling off

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  1. Mike of Capra Vista

    Mike of Capra Vista New Member

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    My squash plant, after making 4 fruits, has decided not to make any more. All the female flowers turn yellow and fall off usually before blooming. The male flowers do just fine though.

    I have the same problem with the acorn squash and the cantaloupe plants which have no fruit. The cucumbers do not have this problem.

    Is there anything I can do about this?

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  2. vitog

    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    It could be a lack of pollinators. Have you tried hand pollinating? I don't grow squash, but my melons aren't having any problems. I see lots of bees on their flowers.
     
  3. Mike of Capra Vista

    Mike of Capra Vista New Member

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    Thanks for that, but the female flower buds usually fall off before they even bloom.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    The document Squash Flowers fail to open (.pdf) provides an explanation on how temperature can negatively affect pollination:
     

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