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Pollinating Basics: video

"Fruit begins to form within one day of blooming if the flower becomes pollinated. Summer squash fruits are usually ready to harvest within three to five days of flowering, or when the fruits are about 6 inches long." - article

After about 3 weeks of female-only zucchini flowers (6 plants), I finally have male flowers opening! Whew.. finally some pollination.. Things will go OK now. The one yellow variety (I have the name, but not with me) has produced 2 male flowers, both without pollen, but there is enough from the greens to go around. I’m a beekeeper and use “bee-sticks” to pollinate: I pick up a few freshly dead bees from in front of the hive, mount them on a toothpick, then use this to transfer the pollen. I can even pry open yesterday’s closed female flower and slip the bee in. I suspect the closed flower has something to do with maintaining humidity to allow the pollen tubes to grow, so tearing the petals off could hurt the process. - Kerry

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