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4 Common Squash Growing Problems to Watch For

Summer is a great time to be a squash fan. Farmers’ markets and grocery stores are packed with all sorts of squashes in every shape, size, and color. It is a delicious and nutritious vegetable that can be grown in many parts of the world.

However, squash growers may encounter several common problems with their plants. Let’s discuss some of the most common squash growing problems and how to address them. Stay tuned for more information on how to successfully grow this popular veggie!

Powdery Mildew

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Powdery mildew is a common problem that can affect squash plants. This fungal disease results in powdery, white, or grayish-white growth on the leaves and stems of affected plants. If left unchecked, powdery mildew can seriously damage plants and reduce yields.

There are several things that you can do to help prevent powdery mildew from affecting your squash plants. First, make sure to plant your plants in an area that is cool. Second, water your plants early in the day so that the leaves have time to dry off before nightfall. Avoid overhead watering, which can promote fungal growth. Third, plant powdery mildew-tolerant varieties of squash, such as Patriot II, Sunray, and Sunglo. Finally, remove any infected leaves or stems from your plant as soon as you notice them.

If you do find powdery mildew on your plants, there are a few things that you can do to treat it. You can try using a fungicide but be sure to follow the directions carefully. You can also try using a homemade solution of baking soda, horticultural oil and water.

With a little bit of care, you can help prevent powdery mildew from affecting your squash plants.

Grey Mold

Grey mold on squash
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Grey mold is a type of fungus that can cause problems for squash growers. The scientific name for grey mold is Botrytis cinerea, and it is a common problem in many parts of the world. The fungus thrives in humid conditions and can attack both healthy and injured plants.

The fungus produces small, dark-colored spores that can spread quickly through the air. Once they land on a suitable host plant, they germinate and begin to grow.

There are a few things that squash growers can do to prevent or control grey mold. First, it is important to remove damaged leaves or stems from your plant as this leaves them susceptible to grey mold. Second, remove any infected part of your squash plant. Additionally, the plants should be grown in an area with good air circulation. Finally, do not overcrowd your plants.

You can also apply fungicide to the affected plants as a preventative measure.

Squash Vine Borer

Adult Squash Vine Borer Moth
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If you’re a squash grower, then you’re probably familiar with the squash vine borer. This common squash growing problem can wreak havoc on your plants, so it’s important to be on the lookout for them.

The squash vine borer is a small, orange/black-colored moth that lays its eggs on the stems of squash plants. The eggs hatch into larvae which bore into the stem of the plant, causing it to wilt and die.

There are a few telltale signs that your plant has been attacked by squash vine borers. The first is wilting leaves, which is caused by the larvae boring into the stem and disrupting the flow of water to the leaves. You may also see sawdust-like frass (excrement) around the base of the plant or on the leaves.

If you suspect that your plant has been infested, you’ll need to take action quickly. The best way to get rid of the larvae is to cut them out of the stem with a sharp knife. This can be a difficult and messy task, but it’s the only sure way to get rid of them.

Once you’ve removed the squash vine borers from your plant, you can take steps to prevent them from returning. One way to do this is to cover your plants with a floating row cover. This will exclude the adult moths from laying their eggs on your plants.

You can also try to plant squash vine borer-resistant varieties, such as butternut squash, melons, and watermelons.

Finally, you can use pesticides for seven to 10 days. Just be sure to carefully follow the directions on the label.

By following these simple tips, you can keep squash vine borers from ruining your squash crop.

Squash Bugs

Squash Bugs
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Squash bugs are a common problem for squash growers. These pests can cause serious damage to your plants, and they’re difficult to control. If you see squash bugs on your plants, it’s important to take action immediately.

Inspect your plants regularly for signs of squash bugs. Check the undersides of leaves for brownish-black adults or whitish nymphs.

To control the squash bug population, consider planting resistant varieties of squash, such as Butternut and Royal Acorn. You can also apply neem or insecticidal soap to your plants. This will likely kill any squash bugs that come into contact with it. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label carefully.

If you plant squash in the same spot every year, squash bugs will eventually find their way to your plants. By rotating your crops, you can confuse these pests and keep them from causing damage.

If you follow these tips, you should be able to control squash bugs and keep them from damaging your plants.

Squash The Competition!

That’s all for now, squash growers! As you can see, there are a few common problems that can occur when growing this delicious vegetable. However, don’t worry – we have plenty of tips and tricks to help you out.

Do you have any advice to share with our readers? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to check back soon for more information on how to grow perfect squashes every time.