Take the 2-minute tour ×
Gardening & Landscaping Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for gardeners and landscapers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

As you can see from the pictures the blooms look as if they just release themselves and leave the beheaded stalk. There doesn't seem to be any fruit growing at all. Is there something that I am doing that could cause this? Is there something that I could do to keep it from happening?

Zucchini 1

Zucchini 2

Zucchini 3

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 15 down vote accepted

Those are male flowers, so what you're experiencing (no fruit) is absolutely normal. Female flowers have a mini fruit underneath, and usually appear when the plant is a little older. Look for a miniature fruit under the flower. The shape will depend on your variety. It looks like you may already have 1 or 2. It is normal for a young squash plant of any kind (except for some parthenocarpic varieties) to start out with only male flowers, and produce the female flowers later when the plant is strong enough to support fruit.

share|improve this answer
1  
This is absolutely correct. It would be worth noting that young plants, such as these, commonly put out a somewhat high quantity of male flowers before any female flowers bloom. As such, there is little need to worry here for why there are so many male but so few female flowers showing. –  Laughing_Jack Jul 16 at 18:41
1  
Also, you can eat them, for example after putting them in the batter and deep frying them. Google for zucchini flower recipes –  pqnet Jul 17 at 2:23

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.