Saturday, 5 July 2008

Courgette / zucchini flowers - male or female?

These pictures are especially for Sue at the Balcony garden in Milan who is growing courgettes on her balcony.

The first flowers on the plants are usually male and grow on the end of a stem:

The female flowers have tiny courgettes / zucchini behind them which grow bigger once the flower is fertilised:

I took the photos in the evening when the flowers are closed, so that it's easier to see the difference.

By the time the flowers are out, there should be enough insects around to pollinate them, but they may need some help. Good luck, Sue!


Sue Swift said...

Thank you! Now it's clear - and so far I've only had male flowers. I'll keep checking for the females and make sure they get pollinated.

easygardener said...

Just to let you know I've tagged you on my blog. You don't have to continue the tag if you don't want to :-)

Colin & Carol said...

The flowers are delicious too when they are stuffed with savoury mixes, makes. an attractive dish

Richo said...

I'm writing an article for a magazine in Australia about fertilising cucurbits - especially pumpkins. I like your phots of zucchini and wonder if I might use them along with my pictures of pumkin flowers?