United States Edition

Zucchini problems - oh noes!

Friday, 10 Jul 09 Overcast 19°C / 66°F

  • 2
  • Very Unhappy

Looks like my zucchini are having exactly the same issue as akger1975’s – both of the fruits on one plant have decided to just shrivel away at the end. We’ve had quite a bit of weird weather (buckets of rain, then sunshine) so I’m hoping it’s just the irregular watering patterns causing this.

Found this good page from the RHS that gives a couple of reasons for Courgette failure:

Fruits swelling only at the top, often with shrivelling and rotting, indicates incomplete pollination, usually due to cold temperatures. The problem should decrease as the season progresses.

So, hopefully it’s just the weather and not the plant – I’m going to cut these two off and see if things improve.

This entry is about

Day 104

Zucchini 'Striato D'Italia'

Cucurbita pepo var. cylindrica

2 fruits shrivelling and rotting at ends.


  • mcav0y

    mcav0y wrote:

    Thanks for that link! I have similarly yellowing zucchini. And I specifically remember that I saw only the female zuch blossom and no male blossoms and wondered how this went to fruit. Now I have lots of male blossoms, but no female blossoms yet. I guess when you are young, it takes awhile to get the timing correct in the courtship dance ;)

    Posted on 14 Jul 09 (almost 6 years ago)

  • akger1975

    akger1975 wrote:

    Thanks for this link! Looks like the problem does decrease, I’ve just harvested 2 nice zucchini. But still, my 2 plants don’t look like they are going to yield a large crop. Sigh…

    Posted on 16 Jul 09 (almost 6 years ago)

Like to add a comment? You'll need to sign up for a free account, or log in if you're already a member.

Previous Journals

Later Journals



Apartment Therapy logo

Whether you're rocking a full-fledged veggie garden in the backyard, have a stellar natural landscape in place of the front lawn, or are coaxing edibles and bee-friendly varietals from random containers on the porch, this online garden journal is for you.

More buzz about us...

Latest Activity

Folia Badges and Widgets

Folia Blog Widgets

Want some super cool badges to stick on your blog? What about a funky widget that shows everyone what you are growing? Sounds like you need to get over to our Goodies page pronto!

Tour | About | Help & Support | Contact | Terms | Privacy | Community Guidelines | Goodies

Homegrown by Nic & Nath All photos and content © their respective owners.

Free Gardening database | Free garden organizer | Vegetable garden software | Mobile gardening app

Popular Plants: Tomato | Sweet pepper | Chili pepper | Basil | Bean | Carrot | Rose | Cucumber | Lettuce | Onion | Strawberry | Daylily | Spinach | Potato | Radish

View original on