What Causes Deformed Zucchini And Squash?

A deformed zucchini with a small pointed bottom

When they are healthy and conditions are optimal, zucchini and other squash can produce heavily. But what happens when you have a zucchini or other squash growing into an odd shape? Pointy squash or other weird shaped zucchini may be the result of a number of issues, but often zucchini pollination problems are the culprit. Keep reading to learn about deformed squash and what you can do to prevent it. What Causes Squash Deformities? There are two basic reasons for deformed fruit: viral infection and pollination issues. Plants that are infected by viruses often produce smaller than average, misshapen fruit. Since viral diseases cannot be controlled with pesticides, the only option is to remove and destroy the infected plants to prevent any further spread. If your squash is fruiting but the resulting fruit is deformed, the root cause often has to do with pollination. High temperatures combined with water stress […]

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