Growing Zucchini, also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash

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01 Sep 23 Elaine (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I tried growing zucchini in raised beds this summer. Followed all the instructions here. They produced 2 or 3 fruit per plant then started dying. Yellow leaves, soggy stems. Maybe I over watered? I gave each plant about a litre of water per week. It’s also been very hot (90F+ constantly from the beginning of June) When you say plenty of water, how much is plenty?
03 Sep 23 BaltimoreHopeDealer (USA - Zone 7b climate)
The most likely culprit was squash vine borers. They bore into the base of the stem and eat the plant from the inside. You will notice that the leaves aren't getting nutrion and will turn yellow/brown. Production will slow down and the roots will start to get squishy and gross. Finally, the plant will fall over and die.
17 Sep 23 Michele (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I had a really bad issue with aphids this year. Killed all my zucchini and cucumbers. Can we plant in September in Zone 9b?
19 Sep 23 (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Best to wait until February/March/April
23 Sep 23 Anonymous (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Thank you!
02 Sep 23 Naomi (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Hi Elaine, I had a similar problem this year with my zucchini. The plant never grew much, and didn’t produce any fruit. The temperature was very high 105s for the peak growing time in my area. I am have my fingers crossed we will get a few squash before it gets cold. I am going to try and plant mine early next year and hope they get started producing before the heat sets in. Post if you find an info about plants not producing. Cheers. Naomi
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