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For the first time, I am growing winter squash, Curcurbita maxima, variety Stripett (a hybrid). The plants had a slow start (cool weather and slugs) but are now growing like mad and covering several square meters in my small greenhouse. A few male flowers have blossomed, several are currently in bloom, there are many coming. Problem - I see no buds looking like female flowers - well, at any rate if the female flowers look like those on the summer squash I have been growing for years, Curcurbita pepo, Ambassador (a hybrid).

So - is it possible that budding male and female flowers both have long narrow stems in winter squash (unlike summer squash)?

Or - if the female flowers do look like those on summer squash - why do I not get any? Too cool? Too wet? Too dry?

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If the male flowers are just now blooming, just wait a bit...the female flowers will be coming on soon :) The male flowers appear first to attract pollinators...the female flowers come on after the male flowers.

Just have patience....they'll be there soon! :baby04:

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