Beneath the luscious, large leaves are bright yellow blooms. Those blooms require pollination to ensure squash is produced. Unfortunately, bees are considered a nuisance in this region and I’ve seen very few. Leaving this up to Mother Nature simply would not satisfy my desire to have delicious gourds to eat. By mimicking nature with a soft-tipped paint brush, I’m doing the work of bees in just a few minutes every single day.
With blooms open wide, I take the brush and softly sweep against the pollen bearing male blooms and then in the fruit-bearing female blooms. The difference between the two types of blooms is easy to see upon examination. The female blooms will have a squash-looking base and the male blooms will not.
After pollinating, the bloom begins to close and squash begins to grow.
Pollinated Female Bloom
The process of pollinating my squash plants is simple and is showing to be an effective means to ensure a quality harvest with an extremely small growing season.