As promised in an earlier post on summer squash, I’ve got a final verdict on the health of my relocated yellow squash plant.
Let me tell you, I gave it my best shot.
When I realized that my yellow squash plants wouldn’t grow vertically on a trellis, I tried to move a decent sized yellow squash plant to give its neighbors room to grow.
The good news?
The neighboring yellow squash plants TOOK OFF. I kid you not, they looked noticeably bigger and healthier the day after I gave them more space.
The bad news?
Squash don’t like being relocated.
The moved plant wilted for multiple weeks, but I was hoping it would rebound. It stayed alive, and it even bloomed (male blooms but no female blooms.) But, the growth was stunted and the color was a yellowish green which didn’t look very healthy. After giving it several weeks to catch up, I figured I’d save the soil nutrients, and space in my raised bed for the plants that were flourishing.
So, I made the call this week to pull the plug and remove the relocated squash plant. (I cut it at the base rather than literally pulling it – that helps to not disturb the root systems of the other plants.)
For comparison, here’s the side by side of the healthy yellow squash and the squash I tried to convince to move. See how the first one had a deep green color, and is about twice the size as the sad-yellow-relocated plant? It’s pretty clear that the one I moved wasn’t happy, so I put it out of its misery.
- When you sow seeds or seedlings, give your plants WAY more room than you think they’ll need.
- If you need to thin your plants, do it early, when they’re small. Certainly not when they’re established plants.
- It doesn’t hurt to experiment! I tried to relocate the squash, to give it a chance, and it didn’t work. But, now I know (and I don’t wonder what would have happened if I had only given it the opportunity.)
Do you thin your plants? When do you find the most success with it?