How do I get courgettes (zucchini) to produce fruits instead of just male flowers?
I planted mine in the garden and let them get on with it, I've had loads, they do need plenty of sun and water, and you need to keep harvesting to encourage more growth.
That's what I did too. Loads of flowers but not a single fruit on 6 plants.
What, 6 plants, are you feeding the whole neighbourhood? I have two plants, and have to keep cutting and giving away. I haven't bought a courgette for well over a month, I have several a week for myself and loads more for the neighbours.
Chances are that your plant is genetically modified. Genetically modified plants have genes from an animal (tomatoes have hering genes, potatoes have genes from scorpio, etc). In this case, if the plant produces fruit the first time around, the second season it will only produce flowers. Sometimes they don't produce fruit to begin with.
Good luck with it. Log onto this: http://www.organicconsumers.org/
Sometimes they don't set fruit when the weather's too hot. What I've seen with my zucchini this summer is that most of the blossoms (male and female) have dropped. Last week, a couple plants finally started setting some fruit. If you're still getting lots of male flowers, you can always dip them in batter and fry them. Yummy!
Just to let you know I finally have some courgettes! Only small yet but in a few days they should be ready to eat!
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