Thursday, June 29, 2017
Flowers- Male and Female
Steve Bender aka the Grumpy Gardener from Southern Living Magazine has a very informative (and funny!) article about growing zucchini. You may read it here.
Did you know that the plants of cucumbers and zucchini have male and female flowers? It is the female flower (of course) that bears the fruit. On a zucchini plant, the large showy yellow flowers toward the end of the stalk are the male flowers, the female flowers are towards the base of the stalk and are smaller...that is where the zucchini squash will be! There are always more male flowers on the plant than are needed. Have you ever heard of people eating fried squash blossoms? That would be the male ones! Hey, better to eat them than to just let them wither on the vine, right? (Sorry, but I usually do not like the idea of eating flowers, I just don't but in this case, it makes sense to me.)
I found another thing for you...Hand pollinating. There, that link will explain how to help things along, it involves a small artist's paint brush! We have not had the problems that we have read about here, maybe we have so many plants and flowers that the bees in this area just can't wait to see what we have for them. Come on, bees, you are always welcome here!
(Of course, it might also have to do with the amount of rain in your area...we have had more rain than normal, so it took a while for the bees to even find our garden!)
Are you growing any fruit and vegetables this year? Aren't they the best when they are fresh from the garden?
Our flowers are pretty in the bright sunshine of June...