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Cocozelle Zucchini

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This is the first and only zucchini I have picked so far this year. I am very disappointed! I know I planted pretty late, but I don't think that's the cause of my squashy woes. Most of my zucchini are turning yellow and shriveling when they get about two inches long. Their flowers aren't even open yet when it happens. Anyone else having this problem? The only thing I can blame it on so far is the weather. It was really hot and dry for weeks and now we are getting tons of rain and it's cooled way off. I watered every day though when it wasn't raining, and the plants look good.

Everyone always says they are swimming in zucchini by now, what gives? I sure hope to be bathing in it soon myself.

August 22, 2007 in Secret Gardening | Permalink

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I haven't gotten a lot of zucchini, either. And it seems whenever I actually notice one, it's already 2 feet long.

I do, however, have about 80 spaghetti squash from one plant. The rest of the squash plants have underperformed. Odd.

Posted by: Maggie at Aug 24, 2007 9:08:55 AM

I got nothing but zucc. Nothing.

That is to say, I got about six.

Sorry about your cocoz; at least you got tomatoes! I only got three of those, too.

Posted by: missb at Aug 26, 2007 2:02:43 PM

Hey Maggie - If ya end up with any extra spaghetti squash, I'd take some off your hands.

SOrry to hear about your smaller than hoped for garden harvest b! Well, there's always next year! That's what I always console myself with.

Posted by: Lorika at Aug 29, 2007 12:27:47 PM

I grew Cocozelle Squash this year. It proved far superior to the Hybrid Zucchini in taste, productivity and resistence to borers (which almost invariably devastate the Zuccini plants)
I grew them in a big compost pile and watered periodically. Yellowing occurred occasionally and I thought it was weather related.

Posted by: Jeremy at Sep 9, 2007 9:22:11 AM

I grew Cocozelle Squash this year. It proved far superior to the Hybrid Zucchini in taste, productivity and resistence to borers (which almost invariably devastate the Zuccini plants)
I grew them in a big compost pile and watered periodically. Yellowing occurred occasionally and I thought it was weather related.

Posted by: Jeremy at Sep 9, 2007 9:23:30 AM

Thanks Jeremy. My Cocozelles have mildew now, so that may have been the problem before too and it just wasn't as pronounced. I think the hot dry weather was also a big factor. Plus, I planted late! I have learned my lesson though and will get them in the ground earlier next year!

On a side note, my Yellow Crookneck Squash seems to be going gangbusters now. Just in time for it to get cold! Hopefully, we still have a few weeks though right?

Posted by: Lorika at Sep 10, 2007 12:29:46 PM

My zucchini didn't produce much this year either. One of three plants produced at all, though a second is starting right now, too late. 4 of the 5 zucchini off that one plant didn't form properly - the blossom stayed stuck to the end and skin didn't form there. Weird! I gave one plant to a friend (after I started it) who has a terrible soggy shady ground level plot that hardly produces anything, and he got several huge zucchini. Still, nothing like the usual overflow. Was it just the weather?

Posted by: Sarah at Oct 14, 2007 12:01:18 PM

That's what I'm chocking it up to. That, and I guess I didn't get them planted early enough.

Posted by: Lorika at Oct 15, 2007 10:30:25 AM