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Questions tagged [squash]

One of four species of genus *Cucurbita*; also known as marrows.

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Will butternut squash ripen if taken off the vine?

The vine is dying for some reason and there are a lot of squash on it. Will they ripen if taken off the dying vine or should I just leave them on the vine to lay in the sun on the dying vine?
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Is it possible to preserve male squash flowers for pollination?

I have only one plant of each, Zucchini and Butternut squash. Sometimes female flowers bloom when no male flower is open. Can I somehow preserve the male flowers to pollinate by hand later ?
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Butternut yellow and fall off before blooming

So far my Butternut squash plant was doing fine. The first two fruits turned black and fell off after blooming, which I think was because there was no male flower available. Now three more fruits ...
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What is happening to my squash/cucurbita?

I have planted in a pot the seeds of a squash/cucurbita (this type) and it was growing very quick and nicely. In the last couple of days I noticed that the leaves looks half dead/sick, and I don't ...
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How do we deal with abnormally heavy rain?

I just started gardening this year, and we've tried a few methods to see what works best, including a straw bale garden, compost bag gardens, and a tilled field. Things were going great until about a ...
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What kind of grow lights do I need for a butternut squash?

I just potted a butternut squash seedling. The way my patio is situated, it doesn't always get a lot of sunlight - and I think butternut squash requires ~6 hours of it. I was going to go ahead and get ...
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How do I know when to take butternut off the vine?

My family recently added butternut to the selection of fruit and vegetable plants in the garden. The plants are in a reasonably sized pot, growing onto concrete at one side and an earth/stubbly grass ...
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What's the name of this small, round, light green squash?

This is a small, round, slightly flattened, light green squash. The average size is a bit bigger than a round plum (cirruela in Spanish). It looks quite distinct from Round zucchini but it might be ...
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Can you help identify the kind of squash?

My neighbor shared some of his produce and we both think it is some kind of squash but don't know the exact kind. The reason he doesn't know is, the seed packet said its pumpkin and he was thinking he'...
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Will my squash ripen off the vine?

I'm a first time gardener so I'm not sure how this works - I may have picked my squash too soon, I also think I may have mixed squash together which would have made a hybrid (from my understanding). ...
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Is this discoloration on a pumpkin plant stem caused by squash vine borer?

I have a big, healthy looking pumpkin plant with a dozen small pumpkins starting to bud. Today I went in and got a good look at the base of the vine and found this discoloration. Is this squash vine ...
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How can I grow better shaped yellow squash?

I am growing some early prolific straight neck yellow squash in my raised bed. I am getting a lot of flowers and squashes but they don't seem to be growing to full size. Am I doing something wrong? ...
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Can grafting increase fruit size, productivity, and ease of growth?

I've been considering the possibility of grafting a giant watermelon variety (such as Carolina Cross) onto a giant pumpkin/squash/gourd rootstock (such as Atlantic Giant pumpkin, Weeks NC Giant, Zucca ...
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What is the correct ratios for Epsom Salt and Gypsum solutions?

I want to use solutions of Gypsum and Epsom Salts to augment the nutrients in my pot plants. They seem to be having some mineral deficiencies. I'm wondering what is the correct amount of Calcium ...
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Why is it recommended to plant squash on mounds?

The title is pretty much the entire question: why are squash & zucchini so often planted in hills?
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How do I help my squash?

The leaves have yellow spots which might turn grey at some point. They also have small white eggs in the bottom side. What is the likely culprit and how can I remove it or help my squash recover.
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How to ripen butternut squash if vine dies

I have some beautiful butternut squash I am growing in my garden. Unfortunately, my squash are being viciously attacked by cucumber beetles and are starting to be attacked by squash bugs. I don't ...
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How to keep cucumber beetles/bacterial wilt from spreading when removing infected plant?

I have some cucumber plants that are very infested with cucumber beetles (mostly striped, some spotted). The plants are dying from bacterial wilt, and although it's hard to access all leaf surfaces ...
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Cucumber with bacterial wilt, what to do to save other plants?

On Saturday, my cucumbers looked perfectly healthy. On Sunday, half of one of my cucumbers had very wilty leaves. On Monday, the other half of the cucumber's leaves were all wilty. I have seen ...
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What is the name of this beetle, and is he eating my squash plant?

What is the name of this little beetle? As you can see in the bottom right, the leaves of my two week old squash plant have big gaping holes with bite marks in them. Could he and his friends be the ...
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Squash plant wilting bottom up?

I planted spaghetti squash from seed a few weeks ago. It did well in a starter pot, and I moved it to a larger one. It kept getting bigger, up to a fifth leaf and the start of a vine, but now it seems ...
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What is this vegetable in my garden?

I planted butternut squash and this is what has been growing. They are between 12 and 13 inches long and 12 to 14 inches around at the largest point. They have not turned tan at all. Please let me ...
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What is causing damage to my summer squash and zucchini plants?

I have a variety of problems with my summer squash and zucchini plants: The summer squash (and to a smaller degree the zucchini) has clear spots in the leaves: This morning one of the zucchini ...
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Should I prune my Zucchini's flowers?

I have two very young zuchinnis that are starting to grow flowers, they barely have 4 or 5 little leaves so I think they're very small to allow them to have fruits. Should I prune the flowers?
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How much to remove when trimming dead leaves on a squash plant?

I am specifically asking this regarding a squash plant, but general advice would be useful. If I have dead leaves, which I assume I should remove, should I remove the whole stem that it is growing ...
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Squash or gourd? Monster plant growing from mulch put on empty bed

Please help me identify this monster plant. It grew by itself late July. Yellow flower, somewhat a rounded star shape, indented leaves, some with whitish patches, yellow round smooth "fruit", small 3-...
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How can I stop vine borers from killing my squash?

A few of the squash plants in our garden started wilting for no discernible reason late last week. We lost three sweet meat squash plants before we figure out that vine borers were attacking the ...
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What type of squash is growing out of my compost pile?

I didn't turn my compost pile this spring, and had an unexpected surprise that's been growing for the last few weeks. Can anyone identify what it is? I'm almost 100% sure it's some type of squash, but ...
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What's the best way to control squash bugs

Help! I need to get rid of squash bugs. I know Sevin will kill them, but I would like to use a less toxic method. I have been destroying them manually, but I am losing the battle.
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Zone 4b: When should I start planting vegetable garden seedlings?

When should I start planting seedlings for the vegetable garden that we're going to start this year? As the question says, I live in zone 4b and we're planning on zone specific vegetables & ...
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Why are my squash's leaves drooping?

This past growing season (2011) I was growing squash. Often I would find that the leaves had drooped (lost rigidity). Watering the plant seemed to help; but I'm not sure if there is a causal link ...
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Why are my squash shrivelling?

I put squash seeds in with my compost at the end of last year, and apparently it didn't get heated up enough to kill everything. I now have Delicata plants with dinner-plate sized leaves growing out ...
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Why are my courgettes enormous, and my pumpkins puny?

Typically in August/September I get vigourous courgette plants but if I don't catch and harvest the fruits quickly I end up with enormous useless marrows. At the same time my pumpkins are doing the ...