About two weeks ago, I started hand pollinating my squash. (To learn how, see Sex in the Garden ~ Hand Pollinating Squash.) It was easier than I thought, and I enjoyed going out to the garden in the morning to see what flowers were open. I can’t do much on work days because I leave so early in the morning, the squash flowers aren’t open yet; and then they’re closed up when I get home. However, I’ve pollinated daily on the last two weekends. After only two weeks, I think I can say it has been successful!
BLACK FUTSU SQUASH:
I have nine black futsu squash growing already. Here are the largest ones.
I have six butternut squash growing so far.
WHITE ACORN SQUASH:
Last count, I had seven of these beauties growing.
This is an Italian variety of zucchini that I’m growing under one of my teepee trellises. I have two of them growing with more female flowers coming.
I’m quite excited that I’ve got so many squash growing. Now to just ward off any squash vine borers, squash bugs, powdery mildew…..
Have you tried hand pollinating your squash? What were your results?