I've read that this happens when there is no pollination for the female flowers and the male flowers just drop when it runs its course.
OK Ginny, now a lesson on the birds and the bees...male and female flowers. Go to this site http://pollinator.com/squash.htmI never used to know the difference either.
I think your beez need to get moving! If there isnt a buzz around the garden I believe you can hand pollinate them. I just saw that you enjoy Cherokee Purple tomaotes - so do I! But you are so far ahead of my little sprouts. Happy Gardening!
Evidently the same thing we are doing wrong with our pumpkins. This year we have them in a much sunnier area, hoping it will make a difference. There were plenty of flowers last year, and bees busily buzzing and I assume pollinating, but nary a pumpkin.
Robin, if that site doesn't beat all :o) , never thought I'd be foreplaying a flower to make it produce yikes! I guess things are bad all over :o) Maybe the bees forgot how:o) seems a lot of people have the same complaint.
Yep, if all else fails, you have to do it for them :) Some gardeners will save a male flower in the frig in order to pollinate the female. I've never heard of any male not sticking around for pollination :)
Robin, as the new generation says "you got that right".
Sounds like pollination problems. You can do it yourself on a hot day when all the flowers are open. Take the center parts of a male flower and gently rub and shake them over the female parts!
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