Anemic Squash Leaf Color
- meatn3 May 27, 2011 09:15 AM
The rest of my garden is looking great (knock on wood), but the straight neck yellow squash transplants have the lightest yellow/green foliage.
I planted them over a month ago and have kept them well watered, so I don't think they were stressed.
II have new raised beds, so they are in the same soil mix as everything else.
They have been producing new growth, but have only doubled in size. Older leaves are lighter than the newer ones, but the new ones aren't exactly vibrant.
Any ideas from the Chow Collective?
(I'm a very good planter, it's the rest that becomes iffy.)
It does seem to have accelerated this last week with the higher temp. I water daily with a watering can, perhaps I should just water the squash every 3 days or so? My zucchini is doing fine under the same circumstances. I have a young salad mix about 10 inches away, leaves are perhaps 3 inches high. Plan was to harvest lettuce before squash really took off...
Much to think and tinker with, thank you.
If the rest of your garden is healthy, it is most likely NOT overwatering. Planted into a soil bed, it would take a lot of water to leach the nitrogen out of the soil. Probably wouldn't hurt to add some water soluble fertilizer to your watering can avery couple waterings though.
It could be something as simple as this variey of squash may have lighter foliage.
I have not seen any evidence of bugs on the squash - the lettuce has had some little bug like nibbling. The first few spaghetti squash I put out got the leaves cut right off at the ground. Since then, all the squash I've put out has a plastic collar (soda bottle) around it, then the collar is filled with sweet gum burrs. Haven't had the plants cut off since.