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Why didn't my squash plant have any squashes?

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Ann Kelly Ann Kelly | 12:14 UK time, Wednesday, 31 March 2010

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Aileen asks "Last year, I tried growing squash but failed dismally. The plants grew abundantly but only tiny squash grew and then died. Where did I go wrong? It was so disappointing."

Female squash flower opened to show the stigmaWell, this is a problem that affected a lot of people who grew the Dig In veg last year.  This year we're not giving away squash seeds, but some people may have the same problem with courgettes.  So here's my explanation of what I think is the cause.

Squashes, and their relatives like courgettes and cucumbers, usually need to have their flowers pollinated in order to grow fruit. 

 

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