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Post  Dan R 8/31/2013, 5:25 pm

I noticed with some some chagrin that most of my Acorn squash rotted on the vine this summer.  I did some research, and thought blossom end rot was the culprit.  Other sites pointed to a calcium deficiency.  I had a soil test a year ago, and my calcium was 3006 ppm.  My pH is 7.0.  I have raised beds, with black dirt, but the base soil is heavily clay.  I add 1-2 inches of year old compost every year.  Any thoughts?
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Post  Turan 8/31/2013, 7:47 pm

BER is a tomato problem. In squash it is usually lack or insufficient pollination.

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Post  GWN 8/31/2013, 8:06 pm

Did they really rot on the vine, or did they not get pollinated? Often it appears like blossom end rot when the squash is not pollinated. At least until someone explained it to me, I just thought I had some mineral lack... VS Bug lack
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Post  Dan R 8/31/2013, 8:10 pm

GWN wrote:Did they really rot on the vine, or did they not get pollinated?  Often it appears like blossom end rot when the squash is not pollinated.  At least until someone explained it to me, I just thought I had some mineral lack...  VS Bug lack
They rotted.  Turned black and yellow, and shrunk.  Looked nasty.
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Post  camprn 8/31/2013, 8:27 pm

Did they grow to nearly harvestable size and the rot from the ground up?

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Post  Turan 8/31/2013, 8:28 pm

Take a look at this page. It has some pictures you can compare with.
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Post  GWN 8/31/2013, 8:32 pm

that is what they do when they are not pollinated. They just get to a certain size and then rot. Usually pretty small.
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