Zucchini plants are failing
I planted my zucchini this year with high hopes of having enough zucchini to make squash pickles this year. The plant itself is hardy and robust with huge green leaves. The problem is that the blossoms are falling off once they've bloomed instead of producing anything. I've never seen anything like it. Has anyone else had this problem? And what do I do about it??? I water almost every day to every other day. I'm afraid I won't have any zucchini this year at all.
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Use a water meter to check the soil. May look dry on top but plenty of water underneath. One year I had first blossoms fall off and the more bloomed and I had zucchini.
My mom (master gardener in La Jolla) claims that the first bloom is often the boys and the second bloom is often the girls. The boys make pollen for the girls and fall off the plant.