Hand-Pollination of Squash

Learn how to pollinate squash by hand with this technique.

By Micaela Colley & Jared Zystro

The Seed Garden

The Seed Garden (Seed Savers Exchange, 2015) by Micaela Colley & Jared Zystro and edited by Lee Buttala & Shanyn Siegel brings together decades of research and hands-on experience to teach both novice gardeners and seasoned horticulturists how to save the seeds of their favorite vegetable varieties.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: The Seed Garden.

The four species of squash normally grown as garden vegetables—Cucurbita argyrosperma, Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbita moschata, and Cucurbita pepo—can be hand-pollinated when being grown for seed. All four species share the same floral anatomy and respond to the same pro­cess of hand-pollination.