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My Squash Grew 3-4 Inches, Then Stopped, And Is Rotting…

Tim Asked

My squash grew 3-4 inches, then stopped, and is rotting on the ends. Can you help?

The Gardener’s Answer

Hi, Tim: Ah, it is nice to hear from someone from my old stomping grounds. Say hello to Bubba Love for me! Squash is susceptible to a few different insects and disease. I’m sorry I cannot say for certain what is happening with your crop, but from what you have described it sounds like your fruit has blossom end rot. This is a physiological disorder that is caused by a calcium deficiency usually brought on by consistently wet soil or uneven moisture levels.You should take a sample to the Horry County Cooperative Extension Service for the agriculture/horticulture agent to take a look at. They will also be able to test your soil for you. They are located in the Industrial Park in Conway. The phone number is (843) 365-6715. Visit the following Web site for more information on growing squash in South Carolina: www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/vegetables/crops/hgic1321.html.

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