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What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 10: Flowering and fruit set in cucurbits

In Season 3 Episode 10 of What's Killing My Kale, Natalie talked with Dr. Brent Loy, emeritus professor of plant genetics and cucurbit breeder extraordinaire at the University of New Hampshire. 

Every year we hear about fruiting in flowering issues in cucurbit crops towards the middle of the summer. Many of the strategies to prevent this from happening should be implemented now, when you're transplanting.

In this episode we discussed:
  • Why we so often see flower abortion, small fruit, and oddly shaped fruits, particularly in summer squash and zucchini
  • The biology of male and female flowers in various types of cucurbits (and why it matters)
  • The role that variety selection plays
  • Best practices for nutrient management and spacing in cucurbits

Please leave on iTunes. As always, reach out and let us know if there are any topics you'd like us to cover in future episodes!
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