Asked on Jun 7, 2012

We are trying the straw bale gardening - Are we doing something wrong?

ElaineSheila CustisBetty W


We seem to be getting green healthy looking plants but even tho they bloom, the blossoms fall off? This is esp. true of the zucchini plant?
9 answers
  • Walter Reeves
    on Jun 7, 2012

    Normal behavior. Male flower appear first...and fall off. Female flowers will appear in a week or two (along with male flowers), pollination will occur and you'll have squash!

  • Patricia M
    on Jun 7, 2012

    Yay...thank you, Walter. We are looking forward to the squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Our neighbors are watching closely, lol.

  • Doris H
    on Jun 7, 2012

    You might try contacting your County Agent, or a college that "specializies" in plants, in Texas we have A&M College and Master Gardeners. Very disheartening to see this happen.

  • Becky H
    on Jun 8, 2012

    Thank you Walter! I've learned something today.

  • Joseph A
    on Jun 8, 2012

    What kinds of nutrients are you adding to the soil? In my opinion they look a bit under nourished. Calcium can do a lot to also improve stem development and general health for metabolizing available nutrient. I recommend and organic tomato/veg food like EB Stone or Dr. Earth at a minimum if you haven't already. Calcium can be provided in the form of Lime, oyster shell or even ground up egg shells.

  • Patricia M
    on Jun 8, 2012

    Thank you, Joseph. We will try that !!

  • Betty W
    on Jun 9, 2012

    I've used the ground egg shells to stop blosson end rot on tomatoes. Works very well.

  • Sheila Custis
    on Apr 9, 2017

    Good to know! My tomatoes are doing well so far in my straw bale garden but I am still absorbing all the information I can.
  • Elaine
    on Apr 9, 2017

    It sounds normal to me - vegetable blossoms are supposed to fall off. Walter (from Georgia) is correct.
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