Friday, 19 January 2018

Zucchini ivf

Zucchinis are a fantastic and easy vegetable for me to grow. Not only do I love the taste, versatility and ease of growth but there is nothing better than picking and eating something that you've grown yourself :)
Zucchinis are like cucumbers, pumpkin and watermelon, they all need male and female flowers to produce fruit. Most of the time the insects do the job. But they don't always get the job done and that's when zucchini ivf comes into it :)
My neighbour told me about how to do it during my first year of growing zucchinis. The important thing is being able to tell which flower is which otherwise you won't get any zucchinis at all
These are female flowers. Easy to spot with a small zucchini sitting under the flower
This is a male flower. It has no small fruit so the flower can be picked. 
If you peel away the petals on the flower you will find what you're looking for. Pollen!!! I peel away all the petals then swish it in the female flower making sure the pollen gets all over the stamen. You can use one male flower to fertilise many female flowers or just one. If it's just one I will just push the male stamen into the female flower
This is what happens to all the zucchinis that don't get fertilised. They turn yellow and shrivel up and die :(

So to avoid that, I pollinate all female flowers that I see, I do sing zucchini ivf while I'm doing it so yes I may be slightly mad :'D
You will also notice that male flowers will come first so I cut them and put them in a zip lock bag in the fridge and pull them out to use in a few days when the female flowers sprout :D 

Depending on how big you like your zucchini depends on how long you leave them to grow,  or if you forget about them or can't get to them like me :'D 

Happy zucchining :) feel free to share any zucchini growing tips that help you get great zucchinis

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