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The Case of the Missing Squash, Cucumber, and Melon…

We’ve received questions at the Extension Office about squash and cucumber plants that are blooming but not setting fruit. Sometimes there are “tiny fruit that don’t grow, but just shrivel up and die.” Have you noticed this in your garden? The most likely cause of such fruit problems on squash, muskmelons (cantaloupe), cucumbers, watermelons and other cucurbit vegetables is a lack of pollination. These plants have separate male flowers (bloom attached by a small, thin stalk) and female flowers (small fruit at base of bloom). Pollen must be… Read More →