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Gardeners’ Guide: How to Pollinate Zucchini

Do you love zucchinis? If so, this guide is for you! In this article, we’ll teach you how to pollinate zucchini. Whether you are a gardener or not, this guide can help you understand how to reproduce the plant. Once you consider growing this plant in your garden, it would be easier for you to pollinate zucchinis because you have already learned it here.

How to Pollinate Zucchini

There are several ways to pollinate zucchini, and one of these is to hand pollinate it. When pollinating the plant, one of the first things you’ll need to do is distinguish the male and female flowers. To do this, know that the males have a straight, thin stem just behind the petals. Aside from that, they contain the anther inside, loaded up with powdery, yellow pollen. On the other hand, females have a tiny, immature zucchini fruit sitting just behind the petals. If you want to learn how to pollinate zucchini, here’s your guide:

  1. To pollinate zucchini, start by choosing a male and female flower on a healthy plant. Make sure it has not been pollinated yet. Although you can pick the fruit if you like, it is still better to leave the fruit on the plant for seeds.
  1. Don’t forget to remove any insects from the male flower. You can do this by gently brushing them off with a soft paintbrush. You may also remove the insects by hand. 
  1. Once done, direct the paintbrush or other implements into the flower’s pollen sac. Then, press it into the interior of the flower.
  1. You can now remove your hand from the flower once you have made contact. Once done, wipe it clean with a paper towel or soft cloth. 
  1. Never pick off pollen that has attached to your tool-finger instantly.
  1. You can now transplant your zucchini plant to the garden within 24 hours of pollinating it.
  1. Keep the flower you used away from any other plants to prevent cross-pollination with other plants that will produce inferior fruit.

If you are still thinking about whether to plant zucchini or not, you might want to consider it since it doesn’t take lots of space to grow. Unlike other plants, there is no trellis needed even though it belongs in the cucurbit family. In addition, zucchini is ideal for a small space garden or square foot garden system.

Some of you might be curious why pollination by hand is essential. The answer for this is because not all plants are self-pollinating. Besides, there are instances when plants have unsuccessful pollination due to a lack of insects. Pollination by hand is necessary for the flower’s health and to ensure that there will be a future generation for the plant. When learning how to pollinate zucchini, consider having a full year of availability so that you can have an abundance of pollen for planting.

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