How to Hand Pollinate Zucchini

Hand pollinating zucchini is a straightforward process. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Identify Male and Female Flowers: Male flowers have a thin stem and no swelling at the base, while female flowers have a small zucchini at the base.

2. Collect Pollen: In the morning, when flowers are open, use a small brush or cotton swab to gently brush the pollen from the center of a male flower. You can also pick the male flower, remove its petals, and use the exposed stamen directly.

3. Transfer Pollen: Gently brush the collected pollen onto the stigma of the female flower (the central part inside the flower). Ensure the pollen makes contact with the sticky surface of the stigma.

4. Repeat as Needed: Continue the process with other flowers to increase your chances of successful pollination.

Hand pollinating ensures that your zucchini plants set fruit, especially when natural pollinators are scarce.

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