How to deal with rotting zucchini
Perhaps my tips will help at least some new truckers who are trying to find the right way to grow this crop.
Rotting zucchini? Let's help!
So, decaying the fruit of courgettes I have come across for a long time.
After several failed zucchini seasons, of course, I came to the simplest conclusion: excess moisture in the soil is to blame. Planted on high beds, very rarely watered and only under the very roots, with very warm water. Nothing helped - the fruits still rotted.
Then I began to analyze how it happens. Of course, you could just tear off the decayed fruit and discard it (earlier that's what I did), but I regretted my work.
I do not know how other summer residents, but I am so very worried about all my plants and I am anxiously waiting for them to start giving me their presents. I remembered that the first to rot flowers, or rather, the stamens in them. But what if you cut them off? And he began to tear off, or rather, take off pollinated and already closed flowers (one of these is shown in the photo - the rightmost one).
My urgent advice to all gardeners: just do not pick a flower ahead of time! It should wither and twist well, ripen, darken. If you pick it earlier, the zucchini will surely fade.
Sometimes, even removing the deteriorated flower in time, I found that the fetus had already rotted: its nose was warm or even started to “sniff and curl”. What could be done here? Well, of course, the first thing that comes to mind is to try to get rid of the “cold", that is, to clear the vegetable marrow from decay. And how to do it? Some kind of soft grater was needed. Where to get? Yes, here it is, on the bush itself and growing - this is a leaf of zucchini! I bent the stem and the back, rough side of the sheet, carefully cleaned the necrotic tissue and mucus from the fetus - I wiped his nose to live tissue.
And after that he very soon became covered with clean dew (almost like a human wound covered with lymph). You could guess that this "dew" is capable of causing rotting again. So, it was necessary to get rid of it somehow.
Healing "filling" for zucchini
I decided to try it with cement: I poured it into my palm and dipped a zucchini into it. The cement immediately stuck to the wound on the fetus and absorbed all the dampness from it. Carefully lowered the fruit back to the bed and covered from above with possible rain or night dew his foliage.
And what was my surprise (and even joy) when in a couple of days it became clear that the zucchini had recovered! This was noticeable by the fact that he grew slightly. Cement, of course, crumbled, but the spout was covered with a new light skin, though slightly wrinkled. But after a few days, it leveled off, and the fetus grew even bigger. Hooray! Healing succeeded.
Then I started using sifted dry ash and even dry earth (dust) instead of cement. It turned out pretty well too. There was very little mucus on the nose, you can simply peel it off with a sheet and not sprinkle it with anything - the zucchini will still get better.
However, attentive readers may ask me: noses, graters and flowers - it's all great. But what causes rot? How to avoid it? And I have to admit that I myself do not know exactly yet.
Perhaps this comes from nitrogen fertilizing, and maybe something else affects. If we move on to the specifics, I don’t like it when zucchini lie on damp ground (especially when they nudge it into it). He began to lay dry leaves or grass under them. There are none at hand - I tear off the fresh one and lay it down.
Sometimes I bend one zucchini stalk with a leaf that folds four times and spreads, not tearing off, with a rough side under the zucchini. I will not say that this is a panacea, but the amount of decayed fruits has decreased noticeably.
And one more interesting moment. In rainy weather, when in the unclosed bowls of flowers (and in the closed ones too) there is water, I bend the lower petals downwards so that all the excess liquid flows out of the flowers. In the same photo, it can be seen that a similar operation has just been carried out with the very left flower (by the way, this was what the zucchini in October last year looked like, and even without shelter).
For all that, I have to admit that even if you use these tips, this does not mean that you will completely save all the zucchini, so do not be offended: just everything happens in the garden.
That's it. Health to all, forces for work and help for good deeds.
© Author: Ivan Semenovich Ermolov St. Petersburg
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