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Organic Zucchini

Organic Zucchini

Vigorous Bushy Plants, Mild Flavor

Zucchini, or Cucurbita pepo, a cherished summer squash in the Cucurbitaceae family, is famed for prolific growth, culinary versatility, and a mild flavor. Home gardeners and culinary enthusiasts favor its vigorous bushy plants, delivering a bountiful harvest of smooth, dark-green fruits with creamy-white, tender flesh. Optimal harvest occurs when fruits reach 4–7" in length.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Preparing the Soil

Zucchini thrives in well-drained, fertile soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. Before planting, prepare the soil by loosening it to a depth of 8 to 12 inches and incorporating organic matter such as compost or aged manure. This will improve soil structure, fertility, and moisture retention, creating an ideal environment for zucchini to thrive.

Planting Zucchini

Zucchini is a warm-season crop that requires plenty of sunlight to grow and produce fruit. Plant starts in late spring or early summer, once the soil has warmed up to at least 60°F (15°C).  Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rows spaced 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for adequate air circulation and room for vine growth.

Watering and Care

Zucchini requires consistent moisture throughout the growing season to develop healthy foliage and fruit. Water the plants deeply once or twice a week, providing enough water to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Avoid overhead watering, as wet foliage can promote fungal diseases. Mulching around the base of the plants can help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Fertilizing

Zucchini is a heavy feeder and benefits from regular fertilization throughout the growing season. Apply a balanced fertilizer or compost tea every 3 to 4 weeks to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth and fruit development. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and timing.

Training and Support

Zucchini plants are vining and can spread out extensively in the garden. Consider providing support or trellising to keep the vines off the ground and prevent fruit rot. Pruning the vines as needed can also help improve air circulation and reduce the risk of disease.

Pest and Disease Management

Zucchini is susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases, including aphids, squash bugs, powdery mildew, and blossom end rot. Monitor your plants regularly for signs of pest infestations or disease symptoms and take appropriate action to control them. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil to treat aphids and squash bugs, and apply fungicides to prevent powdery mildew.

Harvesting Zucchini

Zucchini is ready to harvest when the fruits reach a length of 4 to 7 inches and have a glossy appearance. Use a sharp knife or pruning shears to cut the zucchini from the vine, leaving a short stem attached. Harvest regularly to encourage continued fruit production throughout the growing season.

Growing zucchini can be a rewarding experience that allows you to enjoy fresh and delicious squash right from your garden. By following the tips and guidelines outlined in this guide, you can successfully cultivate zucchini and enjoy a bountiful harvest of nutritious and flavorful fruits all summer long.

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Zucchini, or Cucurbita pepo, a cherished summer squash in the Cucurbitaceae family, is famed for prolific growth, culinary versatility, and a mild flavor. Home gardeners and culinary enthusiasts favor its vigorous bushy plants, delivering a bountiful harvest of smooth, dark-green fruits with creamy-white, tender flesh. Optimal harvest occurs when fruits reach 4–7" in length.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Preparing the Soil

Zucchini thrives in well-drained, fertile soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. Before planting, prepare the soil by loosening it to a depth of 8 to 12 inches and incorporating organic matter such as compost or aged manure. This will improve soil structure, fertility, and moisture retention, creating an ideal environment for zucchini to thrive.

Planting Zucchini

Zucchini is a warm-season crop that requires plenty of sunlight to grow and produce fruit. Plant starts in late spring or early summer, once the soil has warmed up to at least 60°F (15°C).  Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rows spaced 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for adequate air circulation and room for vine growth.

Watering and Care

Zucchini requires consistent moisture throughout the growing season to develop healthy foliage and fruit. Water the plants deeply once or twice a week, providing enough water to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Avoid overhead watering, as wet foliage can promote fungal diseases. Mulching around the base of the plants can help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Fertilizing

Zucchini is a heavy feeder and benefits from regular fertilization throughout the growing season. Apply a balanced fertilizer or compost tea every 3 to 4 weeks to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth and fruit development. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and timing.

Training and Support

Zucchini plants are vining and can spread out extensively in the garden. Consider providing support or trellising to keep the vines off the ground and prevent fruit rot. Pruning the vines as needed can also help improve air circulation and reduce the risk of disease.

Pest and Disease Management

Zucchini is susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases, including aphids, squash bugs, powdery mildew, and blossom end rot. Monitor your plants regularly for signs of pest infestations or disease symptoms and take appropriate action to control them. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil to treat aphids and squash bugs, and apply fungicides to prevent powdery mildew.

Harvesting Zucchini

Zucchini is ready to harvest when the fruits reach a length of 4 to 7 inches and have a glossy appearance. Use a sharp knife or pruning shears to cut the zucchini from the vine, leaving a short stem attached. Harvest regularly to encourage continued fruit production throughout the growing season.

Growing zucchini can be a rewarding experience that allows you to enjoy fresh and delicious squash right from your garden. By following the tips and guidelines outlined in this guide, you can successfully cultivate zucchini and enjoy a bountiful harvest of nutritious and flavorful fruits all summer long.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Cannot ship to the following states: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU

Shipping Weight: 0.5 lb

Dimensions: 6.0"L x 2.75"W x 2.75"H

Features

  • Open-Pollinated

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
USDA Growing Zone: 3 - 10
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Fall
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Summer
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Growth Habit : Bush
Life Cycle : Tender Annual
Plant Family : Curcubitaceae (Curcubits)
Planting Time : Summer
Soil pH : 6.0 - 7.0
Sun Requirements : Full Sun

Planting & Care

Soil & Water: Provide squash plants with deep mounds of organic matter, rich soil, and heavy, even water. All squash are extremely frost sensitive, so use mulch to heat soils in early spring and row covers to protect from frost at both ends of the growing cycle, especially in short growing seasons. 

Planting & Growing: Plant starts in late spring or early summer, once the soil has warmed up to at least 70°F (21°C).  Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rows spaced 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for adequate air circulation and room for vine growth. Place a board underneath the fruit to help prevent rotting. 

Harvesting & Storage: Harvest squash when they are 4"-7" long for best flavor and to keep production high. Don't waste male squash blossoms by leaving them in the garden. Toss them in the salad bowl or add to any squash preparation. (The stem of male blossom is thin; the stem of the female blossom is thick.)

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