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by Danno on July 08, 2006 04:26 AM
hey guys quick q here:

When flowers are passing on (dieing). . . do you remove the wilted flower away from the fruit? (zuke/cukes/cantaloupes/squash)? I did so on a few plants thinking that it would pass on a disease from sitting there and dying. . . but i got BER on a few of mmy squash (i think from not pollinating good enuff). Thnx!
by LandOfOz on July 08, 2006 05:35 AM
I don't pull off the dead blossoms. I just let them do their thing until it's time to eat them. I've never had problems with diseases caused by the blossoms.

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by Tonya on July 08, 2006 06:36 AM
I never deadhead and my stuff does fine...

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by johnCT on July 08, 2006 06:40 AM
Julianna would know the answer to this question. [thumb] [tongue]

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John - Zone 6
by Longy on July 08, 2006 11:37 AM
Once the flower is dead, you can remove it or not. Doesn't matter. It has done its job. I would leave them though until they have fully wilted. Not sure at what point they become irrelevant but i imagine it's within 24hrs of being pollinated.
BER and not being pollinated are 2 different things. (Though i can see how they appear similar on cucurbits.)

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