yellow crook neck and zucchini squash problems

by Efrain
(Carlsbad, NM )

Why are my yellow crook-neck squash (shown) and zucchini squash shriveling up and dying? Has this happened to anyone else's squash? Thank you for any info about this problem.

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Jun 04, 2012
Squash Bore
by: Ellen from Georgia

It looks like mine and I have the squash bore already pulled up two early squash and one zuchinni plant. I only hope the Tennessee squash vines survive. Tried to add a picture wouldn't let me, will send you one in a e-mail.. Ellen from Georgia

Jun 06, 2012
itty bitty baby squash that won't grow
by: Anonymous

I think those are the female flowers, they can be fertilized without the male flowers, the male flowers are the ones without the bulb on the end. They are fertilized mainly by bees. Or I read on a website that you can fertilize them yourself with a paintbrush.

Aug 20, 2012
same problem
by: Anonymous

I got one good squash off my yellow squash plant, have two more still trying to get descent size that are now mushy feeling (???!!!) and on the plant with one of those it had a baby that did the same thing..that whole plant and two others look sick as does my corn..my other garden beds look great (tomatoes wont redden but that's ok) and are doing well...no clue what's going on.

Aug 20, 2012
Squash Bore
by: Ellen from Georgia

Have you tried cutting them open to see if there is any insect are inside of the squash or the corn. I had green caterpillars or they looked like caterpillars inside the corn. I also had smut on the corn looked like a fungus growing. The squash, zuchinni and Tennessee squash, early squash, pan patty squash and acorn squash all taken by the squash bore. I had to move from the raised beds where the squash was planted and move to the main garden. This move was about a quarter of a mile away, now the third planting of squash seems to be surviving it is next to some green beans. This has been the year of the insect's attacking all veggies, fought off the tomato worm. We planted 60 tomato plants, just to make sure we would get some tomato's this year and we did. Ellen from Georgia

Aug 20, 2012
Sad looking plants
by: ~ Megan

Poor little things! That photo of Efrain's at the top of page definitely shows that those female flowers didn't get fertilised by any male flower's pollen, so they never grew into adults. Have a read here about pollination

For the reader with mushy squash and poor corn etc, it could well be Ellen is correct and you have bugs and wotnots infesting and weakening your plants.
But do check that you have been watering and feeding enough - often gardeners don't realise that fast growing produce needs plenty of nutrients and water, as well as little stress.
If conditions aren't right, plants suffer... so bad weather, extreme hot or cold, winds, too much shade, poor drainage, no bees, rammpaging animals and so on, will not give you plants that produce well or they'll up and die on you.

Jun 10, 2014
soccer
by: Anonymous

mine are starting to grow then they shrivel up and die, the plants are beautiful, help. everything else looks great so far

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