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Old 05-27-2009, 10:29 PM   #1
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I have some bell peppers, tomatos, and yellow squash growing, peppers are doing great as are the tomatos, but although the squash has blooms everywhere and has even had several little crooked neck squash, they never get over about 3 inches long and then they just start rotting, some getting a black fuzzy fungus on them. I bought some spray that is supposed to be used on vegetables for fungus and disease but it doesn't seem to be helping, any ideas ?
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too much water?
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Had the same problem. Took it to the SR extension office. You have to do a fertility clinic. With a makeup brush or artist brush-tiny....Diddle the male blossom (only one thingy) and then diddle the female (several thingies). apparently with our environmental clean-up, we have less bees to pollinate. so we have to help out . After I did that, finally got a fair squash. Diddling has to be in the a.m. when the blooms are open. Witih as silly as this sounds, I'm not kidding. The green behind the ears agent did know what he was talking about.
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lane is right, many folks are having to pollinate their squash because of the lack of bees. be very sparing with your use of insecticide, i havent had to use any this year. had a few worms and leaf chewers but the good bugs have been able to keep them in check.

sevin dust is deadly to bees.

i would rather eat a bug than get a mouth full of poison.
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along the line of bees

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wow, no kidding ?????? ok looks like plant sex for me tomorrow morning.
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FishnLane (5/27/2009)Had the same problem. Took it to the SR extension office. You have to do a fertility clinic. With a makeup brush or artist brush-tiny....Diddle the male blossom (only one thingy) and then diddle the female (several thingies). apparently with our environmental clean-up, we have less bees to pollinate. so we have to help out . After I did that, finally got a fair squash. Diddling has to be in the a.m. when the blooms are open. Witih as silly as this sounds, I'm not kidding. The green behind the ears agent did know what he was talking about.
This is what I do with all my plants...helps cross pollinate with so many less bees around and works real good....I use a different brush for each stain of plant
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:usaflag I had to self pollinate myself, just take a brush and touch all flowers on all plants just like the bee's do, Gently. That black mildew you see is called powdery mildew get some stuff called Blossom End Rot and spray all your plants flowers Tomato"s to.
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FishnLane (5/27/2009)Had the same problem. Took it to the SR extension office. You have to do a fertility clinic. With a makeup brush or artist brush-tiny....Diddle the male blossom (only one thingy) and then diddle the female (several thingies). apparently with our environmental clean-up, we have less bees to pollinate. so we have to help out . After I did that, finally got a fair squash. Diddling has to be in the a.m. when the blooms are open. Witih as silly as this sounds, I'm not kidding. The green behind the ears agent did know what he was talking about.
This is what I do with all my plants...helps cross pollinate with so many less bees around and works real good....I use a different brush for each stain of plant
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