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Monday, June 18, 2012

The Birds and the Bees and Squash Blossoms?

Did you know that a squash plant produces both male and female blossoms? This is also true for melons, cukes, pumpkins and guards. The male flowers are the first to bloom and the most abundant. Sometimes, you will have a plant with lots of flowers and no fruit. That's because the ratio of male to female flowers are roughly 4 to 1 (higher early on). Also, the window of pollination is 1 day!
It is easy to tell the male flower from the female flower. The stem of the male flower is thin, unlike the females, which will have a small bump at the base. This is a miniature structure of what's to come. These blossoms are edible, both raw and cooked. Harvest the male flowers, but make sure to leave a few on the vine for pollination purposes!

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