Sow groups of 6-8 seeds, outdoors in full, sun 1-2 weeks after the average last frost date. Soil should be nutrient rich, warm (above 65° F), and moist, but well drained. When 2-3 leaves are apparent on each plant, thin to 2-3 plants per group. Water heavily and frequently; but to prevent disease, avoid getting leaves wet. Feed every 3-4 weeks. Plants will grow 12-24 inches tall and bushy. When harvesting cut, or clip, the fruit including some of the stem to preserve freshness.
For the best flavor and to encourage continued fruiting, harvest early and often, while the skins and seeds are tender.
Enjoy the blooms too! Zucchini's bright yellow blooms are edible and they look lovely on a plate or as part of a centerpiece.
Wit & Wisdom: Would you believe that pumpkins and zucchini come from the same species of plant? They're both cultivated varieties ("cultivars") of Cucurbita pepo. Read The Old Farmer's Almanac Squash & Zucchini Growing Guide!
The Old Farmer's Almanac Summer Squash Seeds (Black Beauty Zucchini)
|Country of Origin||United States|
|Seed Type||Non-GMO, Premium, Heirloom|
|Seed Count||Approximately 60 Seeds|
|When to Plant||Late Spring|
|Packed for Year||2021|
|Scientific (Latin) Name||Cucurbita Pepo|
|Planting Depth||1/2-1 Inch|
|Plant Spacing||3-4 Feet|
|Row Spacing||3-4 Feet|
|Time to Germination||10-14 Days|
|Time to Maturity / Harvest||55-65 Days|
|Fruit / Vegetable Size||12-24 Inches|