Q: Why do my squash plants have just male squash flowers and no females? Cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and beans planted in the same area all have fruit on them, but not a female squash flower or squash fruit to be found. What gives?

Thanks, Loryn James

A: Are you gardening at the History Channel? That would explain the absence of females.

More likely, however, you are dealing with a phenomenon that's quite common. Early on, squash plants tend to produce only male flowers. As the season progresses, female flowers also appear (they're distinguished by what look like baby squashes on the stem end), no doubt attracted by the sight of bulked-up males sleeping on the sofa in front of the History Channel, and pollination occurs, resulting in squash. So be patient. Deliverance is at hand.

Grumpy

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