Why Male Squash Flowers appear first…

Courgettes, Cucumbers, Squashes and Pumpkins normally start flowering in June and you may notice that you have a large number of male flowers to begin with. Don’t worry, it’s normal…the female flowers usually appear a couple of weeks later.

This is because Mother Nature is at work. The male flowers, which you will recognise as there is no fruit at the base of the flower, just a stem as pictured, 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.