Zucchini Squash

Vegetables

Summary

The zucchini courgette or baby marrow is a summer squash, a herbaceous vine whose fruit are harvested when their immature seeds and epicarp (rind) are still soft and edible. It is closely related, but not identical, to the marrow; its fruit may be called marrow when mature.

Description

The zucchini is a long, cylindrical vegetable, slightly smaller at the stem end, usually dark green in color. The flesh is a pale greenish-white and has a delicate, almost sweet flavor. Zucchini fruit grows quickly and is harvested within 2 to 7 days of flowering.

Varieties

Green, Gold


Details

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Exposure
  • Full Sun
Moisture
  • Average Water
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Uses
  • Vegetable Garden
Features
  • Edible Fruit/Foliage
Sub-Categories
  • Vegetables
Growing Tips

Zucchini does not tolerate frost or cold temperatures. So you won't gain anything from planting too early. Even if fruits form during cold weather, they will have pitted skin from chilling injuries. Thus, you should wait until at least mid-spring to plant when the soil warms, depending on your climate. The danger of frost should be completely gone, and the temperature should be reliably above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Watering

Keep the soil evenly moist. Give zucchini 1 inch of water a week. The critical time for watering is during bud development and flowering. Once plants are established, mulch with straw, hay, or dried leaves to retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.


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