Squash and a billion questions
I planted squash and zucchini from seedlings in May and the plants are now a decent size. The leaves are nice and big and green but weren't producing female flowers, thus no veggies to be had. This was very discouraging to me so I began asking some local friends what to do. It was suggested to possibly use epsom salt instead of the all purpose fertilizer which I had been using and to pinch off the ends of the vines to encourage the females to grow on the lateral stems.
Well, I went outside and closely inspected my plants, pulling off a few dead leaves and attempted to pinch off the ends of the vines. In the process I came upon a nasty little vine borer, so I tossed two plants that were obviously infested.
I overplanted this year and still have about 4 plants, however none of them are producing female flowers. Well...I should take that back. Some of them are, but they aren't growing very fast. How long should I expect to harvest after first seeing a tiny fruit? I'm fully prepared to hand pollinate since we don't get many bees but the females blooms never seem to get big enough to open.
Anyway, I tossed the infested plants, bought a fruit and veggie insect killer at Home Depot and some epsom salt.
My plan of action is to watch the plants closely and treat weekly with instecticide and fertilize with epsom salts...do you think this will help?
Also, with the epsom salt...how often and how much?