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Wouldbesmallholder

  • Joined Jan 2013
Stunted Courgettes
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:09:34 pm »
I have two huge yellow courgette plants, they both have a huge number of fruit, but they seem to get to about 2" long then go dark yellow to orange and seem to die. I have kept them well watered on a daily basis. Any ideas?

Thanks

Ina

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • South Aberdeenshire
Re: Stunted Courgettes
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2013, 06:33:12 pm »
No ideas - but mine are doing the same.

MikeM

  • Joined Jul 2011
  • NW Devon
Re: Stunted Courgettes
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2013, 07:12:55 pm »
bizarrely enough I have also noticed this (normally have the opposite problem) though mine haven't rotted yet. I think I will pick them and see if this encourages more fruiting. Good job I'm not really mad keen on courgette.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Stunted Courgettes
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2013, 09:51:16 pm »
It happens when they haven't been pollinated.  The easiest way around that is to take a male flower with plenty of pollen, tear off the petals and push the sticky-up bit that's left into the hole bit of the female flower and wriggle it around.   I'm sure you can use your imagination here  ::)   When there is plenty of pollen you can tap it in.
One male flower will do a couple of female flowers.  Both need to be at the right stage, so the male with plenty of visible pollen, the female fresh and unfaded but fully open.
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Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Stunted Courgettes
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2013, 10:06:19 pm »
See you can be romantic when you try, FW.  :roflanim:

Wouldbesmallholder

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Stunted Courgettes
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2013, 12:18:53 pm »
Male flowers being the ones that don't fruit, correct?

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Stunted Courgettes
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2013, 12:48:23 pm »
Yes, there's no small fruit behind the flower in males, and inside the flower is a bit different too.
 
 
 
See you can be romantic when you try, FW.  :roflanim:

Ohhh yes  :eyelashes: :eyelashes:
www.scothebs.co.uk

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus - let sleeping dragons lie

Wouldbesmallholder

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Stunted Courgettes
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2013, 05:06:06 pm »
Yes, there's no small fruit behind the flower in males, and inside the flower is a bit different too.
 
 
 
See you can be romantic when you try, FW.  :roflanim:

Ohhh yes  :eyelashes: :eyelashes:

Have I just had a "the birds and the bees" talk about courgettes  :-[
 :roflanim:

Ina

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • South Aberdeenshire
Re: Stunted Courgettes
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2013, 05:15:25 pm »

Have I just had a "the birds and the bees" talk about courgettes  :-[
 :roflanim:

Yes, you have! :)

So they produce some fruit - albeit small - even without pollination? Interesting. Well, we have had a lack of pollinators - although I've had some bees in my garden since the phacelia started flowering, so maybe it'll be better in future.

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Stunted Courgettes
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2013, 04:52:54 pm »

 

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