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Growing Zucchini, also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash

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

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

S = Plant undercover in seed trays 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 70°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 - 35 inches 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
  • a) seedlings
  • b) Six or seven weeks old
  • Zucchini flower

Plant into a slightly raised, well composted bed and mulch. Needs regular plentiful water. Produces large leaves with a spread of about 1.5m x 1.5m. Some varieties trail a bit but don't climb. The yellow (or gold) variety is more resistant to mould damage in humid areas and remains productive even when the leaves have mildew on them. The yellow varieties sometimes have yellow patches on their leaves but it is just colour not disease.

Blackjack is the most popular green variety. At the start, the plants produce mainly male flowers. The female ones start as the weather warms up and the plants grow. A spray with a 5gm/teasp Bicarbonate of Soda in 600ml/pint of water will help slow powdery mildew when it appears.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Zucchini

Zucchini are best picked or cut off the stem at about 15cm / 6 inches.
Pick frequently to keep the plant producing new flowers.

Your comments and tips

09 Oct 19, Sue (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Is there any way to tell which direction a courgette plant will grow in when planting a seedling - they tend to sprawl in one direction and its always a punt which way that will be. Sometimes they end up growing into other plants. My plant has 3 leaves on it and a smaller one coming similar to the one in your photo top of page. Thanks.
06 Oct 19, Alex (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I'm from Melbourne vic. I've had 3 attempts of growing zucchini black jack and so far no success, first attempt the plants we're taken with no trace 2nd they got eaten down to the stem this is my 3rd attempt I put tree guards and snail pellets around them also growing a nasturtium nearby but the leave are getting munched on. What can I do these are only young plants?
07 Oct 19, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
An extreme method would be to make a wood frame about 50cm high and cover with 30% shade cloth. OR put stakes in the ground and use shade cloth or bird netting as a fence. I have 2m x 2m x .5m frame with veggie netting on and around it. Only problem the netting disintergated from flapping on the wood frame. I will replace with 30% shade cloth soon. Or make an arch with plastic pipe or chicken netting and cover with shade cloth. Look around the yard for things you could use.
07 Oct 19, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go on the net and look for a natural spray - usually soapy water mixed with other things. Probably you have some grubs.
30 Jul 19, Peter (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi, Can someone recommend a successful Zucchini variety for a hot tropical area such as Katherine, Northern Territory? Thanks
31 Jul 19, (Australia - tropical climate)
It is more about planting it the right time. Grab a packet and give it a go.
14 Jul 19, Jack (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
What would you suggest around Brisbane in regard to spacing the plant?
16 Jul 19, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Good rich soil 900mm - poor soil 600mm.
17 Jun 19, joe graham (Australia - temperate climate)
as with my egg plant my zucchinis are still producing most times 3 from each plant every 3 days'they are the blackjack variety. the seed was planted first week of December. whats happening is climate change causing this to happen. its middle of June temperate climate is it normal. thanks for any advice
08 Feb 19, Alana (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi, i have big healthy plants buth but the fruit are turning yellow and shrivelling. Ive harvested 6 out of around 20 ive had to throw away. Ived been trying hand pollinating but it seems to make very little difference. Are there any other issues that could be causing this?
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