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northfifeduckling

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polytunnel squash
« on: July 13, 2011, 02:24:17 pm »
This year I have 2 Hokaido squashes in the tunnel which are doing really well first time ever. Do I have to get the paintbrush out to pollinate these? I know I should help courgettes this way but not cucumbers. Which is it for protected squashes ???  :&>

Millwood

  • Joined Jul 2011
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Re: polytunnel squash
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011, 02:31:27 pm »
 :squash: Hmm, well I've grown squashes in tunnels for the last two years & havent had to pollinate them myself, but I guess it couldnt hurt?! :squash:
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
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Re: polytunnel squash
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2011, 02:38:26 pm »
I tend to do the first few then let them get on with it.  I don't use a paintbrush, but break off a male flower, take off the petals and the green spikey things behind them, then take the pollen covered male bit and tap it into a female flower.  There are usually more male flowers than female, so breaking them off doesn't matter and you are likely to get better pollination than with a paintbrush.  I provide a rope for my pumpkins and squashes to climb then tie them in to the crop bars to give an upper storey of cropping  :squash: :squash:
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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: polytunnel squash
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2011, 02:51:58 pm »
 :dunce: So how do you know which are the male flowers, and which the female then?  :dunce:
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
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Re: polytunnel squash
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011, 02:56:52 pm »
Female flowers have the little fruit which will turn into a big fruit behind the flower.  The male flowers have just a plain stalk coming up to the back of the flower.  Inside the flower, the male has a sticky up thingy (as you might expect  ;) ) which is yellow and will be covered in pollen.  The female flower has another slightly different yellow sticky up thingy (you can tell I didn't do botany at school  ;D) which is divided into about 3 parts I think, which doesn't have any pollen on until it is fertilised.  Each female flower is open for only a day, in fact so are the male flowers, so if they are not pollinated then that flower will go brown and drop off, but lots more will form.
« Last Edit: July 13, 2011, 02:58:53 pm by Fleecewife »
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tobytoby

  • Joined May 2011
  • north ayrshire
Re: polytunnel squash
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2011, 02:05:33 pm »
Squashes are a one night stand - if they only open once? LOL not much fun there then?

 

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