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  • #50459
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    Hayley
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    Is anyone experiencing this problem with their courgettes this year? I have been removing the flowers from the ends but despite that the ends are still rotting.
    Any advice much appreciated! :good:

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    #50461
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    VegVamp
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    Oh errr lovely H, that’s not so clever. :-( As long as the plants are healthy and growing well the only other thing it might be is a pollination and/or a watering issue.

    #50462
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    Beanstew
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    I wonder if this could be due to lack of efficient pollination? I know it’s high summer and there should be hundreds of pollinating insects flying around – but perhaps the plants are not receiving the degree of attention they need? I’d try hand-pollinating the plants to see if this sorts the situation. Alternatively, are the plants receiving sufficient nourishment to carry a large crop of fruit? If not, possible they are programmed to abort some fruit in the interests of maturing a few to produce seed? Fingers crossed Hayley, that things will get better.

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    NorthernTeacher
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    Yikes, Hayley, water/pollination came to my mind, too!

    #50464
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    dandlyon
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    Its down to our erratic weather Hayley, during our long dry spell no problems, since the rain came and cooler weather have had several people ask whats causing my courgettes and marrows to rot . Hand pollinating may be a solution

    #50537
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    karenp
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    Some of my courgettes also went that way too, but plants looking ok still so hoping for some better ones soon :-)

    #50662
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    Hayley
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    Thank you everyone :good: I’ve been having a go at hand pollinating so fingers crossed. I think the weather has a lot to do with it too Tony, one minute tinder dry, the next a deluge! Having said that, we still need more rain down here, it’s a conundrum :confused:
    Here’s an updated picture, some are fine, others are still rotting :eyeroll:

    #50663
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    Hayley
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    Hopefully updated picture here :good:

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