When summer squashes (including zucchinis) become shriveled or separate at the stem an drop from the plant it usually indicates incomplete pollination or inconsistent irrigation.
Squash can grow small fruits with no pollination shrivel up and will die or drop from the plant. To help attract honeybees the plants should receive full sun at sunrise when the bees are active. It might also help to plant blooming annuals like marigolds, zinnia or calendulas around the squash garden to help attract bees. If you never see any bees, you will need to hand-pollinate. This entails transferring pollen from male blossoms to female blossoms while the pollen is still fresh. Female blossoms have a small swelling at the base of the flower that looks like a mini squash (or zucchini).
Olin Miller, Master Gardener Volunteer
Maricopa County AZ
> Robert, 85281,
> For the last two years I have planted Zucchini and when it gets about three inches long it turn yellow and dies.
> What am I doing wrong?
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