Updated: Sep 11, 2021
Zucchini plants are vulnerable to a number of pests like squash bugs, fruit borers, cucumber beetles and powdery mildew
Biggest problems for Zucchini is because of fruit borer. Fruit borer larvae feed inside the main stem of the plant, hollowing it out and cause plant death.
To prevent fruit borers affecting zucchini, lower portion of the stem should be wrapped with aluminum foil to keep the female moths away from egg-laying sites.
Zucchini plants are prone to be attacked by fungal diseases like Powdery mildew.
Symptoms are the leaves appear to be covered in a powder-like coating and this lead to reduced photosynthesis and reduced production.
To overcome powdery mildew, neem based liquid pesticide can be sprayed along with soap liquid on regular intervals.
Zucchini are heavy feeders. Feed the zucchini plants with 250 grams of organic matter after 30 days of planting.
While fertilizing the zucchini, remove the top soil and side-dress zucchini with cattle compost and cover this soil.
Foliar spray of liquid fish or bio fertilizer with high in phosphorus can be applied for fruit production.