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Author Topic: Butternut Squash - no male blossoms  (Read 2399 times)
zenful6219
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« on: May 10, 2009, 09:02:21 AM »

I'm new to growing butternut squash, not new to EB's. But, the squash are growing fine, there are 2 separate plants. They are starting to bloom profusely, but are only producing female blossoms. My experience with other squash, like summer squash, is that you have to have male and female blossoms. I'm growing the Waltham Butternut variety. Is it normal to have nothing but females on some butternuts?
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bobk
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2009, 10:13:53 AM »

Sometimes the females come first and sometimes the males come first.  It will eventually sync up.
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zenful6219
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2009, 11:54:41 AM »

It just seems such a shame that so many blossoms will go to waste. I guess that's nature's way.
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mjb8743
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2009, 03:24:39 PM »

It just seems such a shame that so many blossoms will go to waste. I guess that's nature's way.

Don't let the Italian cooks hear you say that  Shocked  Battered and fried squash blossoms are a delicacy.

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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2009, 04:10:14 PM »

It just seems such a shame that so many blossoms will go to waste. I guess that's nature's way.

Ohhh... don't let it go to waste! Many Asian dishes use the blossoms as well.
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2009, 04:01:30 PM »

I am not Italian and I batter up the blossoms and eat them....one of my favorite foods of early summer.
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