Michele Tappan
Michele Tappan
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Asked on Jun 7, 2013

Squashes

Caley's CulinariesDouglas HuntThe Blooming Gardener

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my squashes were doing very good now some are showing some rot on the bottom what could be the reason
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  • The Blooming Gardener
    on Jun 7, 2013

    This is a very common problem with squash in my area and is simply because the female flower on the squash plant is not being pollinated. It looks very very similar to blossom end rot, a calcium deficiency, but no amount of calcium fertilizer will do anything to fertilize a flower, which is easy to do yourself. This has the information you need that explains how to handle this problem. It also usually an issue early in the season, and for the first several baby squash. http://blog.mountain-plover.com/2009/08/03/hand-pollinating-zucchini/. Adding calcium to vegetable gardens actually is a good plan before planting, tomatoes especially get blossom end rot, and calcium is the only thing that will correct that.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 8, 2013

    Blossom end rot affects squash in addition to tomatoes. It's possible that what you have. If so, it's a result of a calcium deficiency. There are suggestions here from the Clemson extension service: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/vegetables/crops/hgic1321.html

  • Caley's Culinaries
    on Jun 8, 2013

    I agree with Douglas, probably blossom end rot. A lot of veggies get it. Add a calcium fertilizer. For the long term, add some ground eggshells.

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