Why Male Squash Flowers appear first…

If you’re growing squash, cucumbers or courgettes, you may be wondering why you are seeing lots of flowers but no fruits forming. The male flowers tend to come out first on courgette, cucumber and squash plants, followed by the females a week or so later. It’s all about the bees…

The male flowers, which you will recognise as there is no fruit at the base of the flower, just a stem as pictured here, appear first to start attracting bees. Then, once the bees and other pollinators have had time to become regulars, the female flowers start to emerge (you’ll see that the female flowers have small fruits attached at the base). In theory, the plant then stands a much higher chance of successful pollination because of the presence of all the bees and the male flowers, and then they can really get growing producing lots of courgettes and squashes for you to harvest. There’s usually a wait of around 10 days after the male flowers emerge before you start to see females.