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Zucchini Pollination – Pop Quiz

The following are squash flowers from a zucchini plant. One is male, the other is female. Can you identify which is which? I’ll give you a hint…when the male pollen fertilizes the female ovary zucchini seeds are created and the ovary swells to carry the seed.

Here’s a thought, wouldn’t it be great if “the birds and the bees” were taught where the birds and the bees actually congregate? What do you think?

male-zucchini-flower

Female Squash Flower

 

Late Season Squash – Trombetta di Albenga

Every season there is a star, a variety that exceeds our expectations either with fruitful bounty or with taste. Last summer it was chayote. This past summer the star was Trombetta di Albenga, an Italian, heirloom, vining squash, that when picked early tastes similar to zucchini only better.

It can be grown either along the ground, which makes the fruits curl

tromboncino squash

or along a fence which allows the fruits to hang straight.

squash growing on fence

If the fruit is not picked it can grow very large (5-6 ft), though at this point it is no longer edible but can be used like a gourd.

squash gourd

The most amazing thing about this variety is that its November and its still fruiting.

late summer squash

One interesting observation, in the early part of the summer there were many male flowers and fewer female flowers, now at the end of the season, there are many female flowers but very few male flowers.

To insure pollination we manually brought the male and female flowers together. The male is on the left.

manual pollination of male and female squash flowers

A couple of week later, a botanical offspring…

late season summer squash