Proper pollination is a key to growing zucchini and poor pollination can cause problems for example: zucchini rotting before it starts growing, too few fruits on squash plants, and poor quality cucumber fruits.
The best way is to pollinate the plants by hand to ensure a healthy crop yield by following these steps:
1. Identify the male and female flowers. The Male flowers are long and thin, whereas female flowers are short and have a mini-fruit behind their flowers.
2. Before noon on the morning that the male flower opens, pick the male flower and remove the petals to reveal the stamen, which contains yellow pollen.
3. Swish the stamen around inside a female flower that has just opened. Repeat with other female flowers, using the same male flower.
Voila sit back and wait.