Tips for Growing Zucchini
Germination Temperature (Optimum): 21 to 32 °C Max.: 38 °C Min.: 16 °C
Days to Germinate: 8 to 15
Sowing Depth: 1 in.
Indicative Avg. Plant Height: 3 ft. (vine)
Spacing In Row: 12 in.
Spacing Between Rows: 3 to 4 ft.
Avg. Days to Maturity: 50 to 60
Notes: The term ‘zucchini,’ means ‘little squash’ in Italian. Tender plants, will not survive extreme cold, heat or drought. Pick squash when they are small for best flavour. Floating row covers can hasten maturity by 1 to 2 weeks. In early summer, a combination of cool, cloudy weather and a declining bee population may result in poor pollination causing low yields. Zucchini are good when grated and baked in breads, steamed quickly in butter, sliced raw into salads, baked and stuffed whole, pureed in soups, or added to stir-fries. They find a special place in gourmet cuisines. Crookneck and straightneck squash can be sliced in half, steamed in butter, and sprinkled with nutmeg for a tasty side dish. Summer squash should be harvested young and is best eaten within a few days of harvesting. Frequent harvesting encourages continuous fruit production. Water deeply and don’t worry if the leaves wilt in the hot mid-day sun as long as they revive in the evening. Nearly all vine crops produce male and female flowers on each plant, although male flowers are predominant. The first flowers to appear will be male. Do not worry if there is no fruit setting. Once the female flowers develop fruit begins to grow. Male blossoms typically precede females by about a week or longer. Female flowers are distinguished from male flowers by the bulge at the base of the blossom that is actually a tiny bud at the base of the petals on the female flower. When pollination occurs, these are the buds that develop into mature fruits.
Information provided for guidance only and may vary from one cultivar to another.