Growing Zucchini, also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash

Cucurbita pepo : Cucurbitaceae / the gourd family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      P P P            

(Best months for growing Zucchini in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • P = Sow seed
  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 21°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 50 - 90 cm apart
  • Harvest in 6-9 weeks. Cut the fruit often to keep producing.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Corn, beans, nasturtiums, parsley, Silverbeet, Tomatoes
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes

Your comments and tips

15 Jan 23, christina (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
hi,, i have several zucchini plants in between the cucumber plants... hoping that the very few bees i see will also pollinate them... i have others around other plants but so far no female flowers all males... and they have been in for several months... any advice please....
23 Jan 23, (Australia - temperate climate)
Not a good idea to mix these crops up together. Pollinate the zucchini by hand.
25 Jan 23, Mark (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Cut off the male flowers as they form to save the plant energy, it is a ratio of 1 female to about 8 male flowers
20 Oct 22, Pete (Australia - temperate climate)
My Zucchinis sprouted about 10 days ago. They have grown new leaves and the whole plant is yellow. Zucchinis are planted in heavily composted ground. Anyone with suggestions to get them to green up? TIA. Cheers Pete
25 Oct 22, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If the compost is not completely broken down to compost/humas it will take the nitrogen first and the plant will not receive much. It could take 1-3 months for the compost/nitrogen to become available for the plants. Could try watering in some fertiliser around the plants although too much and you end up with big plants.
22 Aug 22, Jason (Australia - temperate climate)
I found for pumpkins and zucchini I need to have several plants growing and need to hand pollinate from one plant to another. I wait until a male flower is ready on one and a female flower is ready on the other, usually in the morning.
14 May 22, marco (Australia - tropical climate)
hi i live on the gold coast qld .i am harvesting my crop now .we are experiencing a lot of rain .some of my crop rotting at end . plaridel if you pollinate yourself you get better results .
29 Jun 22, marco (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
hi i live on the gold coast .its 29.06.2022 i am still getting the zucchini slow growing struggling ,yet going ok. i grow on a mesh screen now it gets more sun and takes less room .hand pollinate .bees are coming back in the garden yet still a bit cold for them .
15 Apr 22, Plaridel Logan (Australia - tropical climate)
I also failed 2x that started from yellowing followed by falling off flowers and died. A friend of mine who succeeded in getting healthy fruits told me she planted in a generous amount of soil mix of compost cocopeat and carbonized rice hull and planted in companion of string beans. I'm just waiting for my seed order so I can apply the same approach and hope with God's grace for a positive result.
08 Apr 22, marco (Australia - tropical climate)
hi i live on the gold coast .i have planted new zucchini a few weeks ago they are looking good ,some flower stems are sprouting now .so we will see if it works out .zucchini are great !! i get one a week or more in the good times ,i stuff them full anything they are healthy and filling .
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