Gardening Tips: problems with Zuchinni

I'M JULIE RILEY HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE BIRDS AND THE BEES WHEN IT COMES TO ZUCHINNI.

NOW GARDENERS HAVE BEEN CALLING, FRUSTRATED THAT THEIR ZUCHINNI IS NOT MAKING FRUIT.
BUT WHAT YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT WE HAVE BOTH FEMALE FLOWERS AND MALE FLOWERS, AND OFTEN TIMES YOU'VE GOT ALL MALE FLOWERS AND NO GIRLS, SO THAT THERE CAN'T BE ANY FRUIT.

LAST NIGHT I HAD LOTS OF BLOSSOMS, TODAY I HAVE NONE THAT ARE IN THE STAGE WHERE THE POLLEN CAN BE TRANSFERRED.

SO IF THE BLOSSOMS YOU KNOW WERE WIDE OPEN AND YOU WERE IN THE GREENHOUSE OR UNDER PLASTICS, OR IT WAS RAINY AND THE BEES WEREN'T FLYING , YOU CAN HELP NATURE ALONG AND DO A LITTLE POLLINATING YOURSELF.

SO WHEN THIS MALE BLOSSOM OPENS UP, IT WILL BE WIDE OPEN, YOU CAN TAKE A CHILD'S WATERCOLOR PAINTBRUSH AND THEN JUST DAB IN THE CENTER, AND THEN TRANSER OVER TO A FRESH FEMALE FLOWER IN THE CENTER, AND THEN POLLINATION SHOULD HAVE OCCURED.

NOW IF YOU DON'T HAVE A LITTLE PAINTBRUSH YOU CAN TRY A COTTON SWAB, OR YOU CAN ACTUALLY PINCH OFF THE FLOWERS, AND I'LL DO THAT AND REMOVE THE PETALS.
AND THEN HERE IS THE MALE PART WITH LOTS OF POLLEN, ITS JUST THAT HE WASN'T OPEN FOR OUR TELEVISION SEGMENT , HE'LL BE OPEN IN A FEW HOURS IF I HADN'T PICKED HIM OFF.
AND THEN YOU HAVE TO HAVE AN OPEN FEMALE FLOWER , AND THEN YOU JUST DAB THE POLLEN STRUCTURE IN THE CENTER OF THE FLOWER, AND THEN ZUCHINNI WILL BE BORN.
JOIN ME NEXT WEEK WHEN WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT POWDERY MILDEW.
GARDENING TIPS BROUGHT TO YOU BE MIDNIGHT SUN FAMILY MEDICINE.