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Hi, my mother loves to eat fresh zucchini, and has tried an tried to grow them, but the fruit does not grow big enough and goes all soft and mushy at the tip. I tried to grow them for her and the same result, and my soil is very good, and the baby zucchin

Submitted: 02:46PM, 03 Jan 2010
Answer: Dear Trish,

Sorry to hear you are not having a lot of success with growing your zucchini plants. There could be a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it could be a pollination problem. If the female fruit is not properly fertilised, the little fruit that has form will not continue to grow, will rot and fall to the ground. The zucchini plant will carry both male and female flowers and in order for pollination to take place you will need to encourage bees into your garden so they can take the pollen from the male flowers to the female flowers. Once this occurs the fruit will continue to grow to a healthy size ready for harvesting.

Secondly, there could be a lack of calcium in your soil and this will cause rot at the blossom end of the fruit. This problem can be easily avoided by adding Dolomite Lime when first planting out your zucchini plants. Blossom end rot can also occur when the watering of your plant has been irregular. It is important to supply a regular amount of moisture to the ground where your zucchini is growing.

I am sure you will be successful next time you plant zucchini in your vegie garden.

Answered: 03:10PM, 12 Jan 2010

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