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Summer Squash Quick Maturing And Incredibly Versatile

Growing Summer Squash

Vegetables classed as Summer squash are all from the same species, Cucurbita pepo. The four main types are straight neck, crook neck, patty pan and zucchini with the colors being mostly restricted to yellow, green or whitish.


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Crookneck Squash.

Summer squash are tender thin skinned fruit with a shelf life of no more than a couple of weeks.

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Black Beauty Zucchini Squash.

They are best harvested when still in their immature stage before they fully ripen and the rind becomes too hard.

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Golden Zucchini Squash.

They bear fruit on bush or semi bush plants and some varieties can be encouraged to climb a trellising or some type of support.

Summer squash plants will produce better and over a longer season if the young fruit is kept continuously picked and not left to mature.




Quick Reference Guide


Veggie Garden Dairy
Vegetable Summer Squash
Also Known As
Botanical Family - Cucurbitaceae, Genus - Cucurbita, Species - Cucurbita pepo
Plant Type Warm season - annual - fruiting vegetable
Frost Tolerance Very Tender
Planting Position Grow in full sun - Requires at least 8-10 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Seed Viability 4 years
Germination 9-12 days at 70-95 F (21-35 C)
Growing Temp 70-95 F (21-35 C)
Seed to Transplant 3 - 4 weeks
Planting Method Direct sow or Seedling transplants
When to Plant Spring
Time to Plant Wait until at least 2-3 weeks after the last average 32 F (0 C) freeze in your area and not before soil temperature are consistently 70 F (21 C) or above.
Seed Sowing Direct sowing summer squash seeds - 1 inches (25 mm) deep - in raised hills 4-5 seeds per hill 6-8 feet (180-240 cm) in all directions. In rows 2 seed 12 inches (30 cm) apart in rows 3-5 feet apart.
Plant Spacing Transplant or thin summer squash seedlings in hills to 2-3 strongest seedlings - Transplant or thin summer squash seedlings in rows to 1 per 3 feet (90 cm) apart in rows 3-5 feet (90-150 cm) apart.
Soil Conditions Well drained - High organic matter - Medium fertility
Fertilizer Medium fertilizer needs, 3-4 quarts per 100 sq feet (3.3-4.4 liters per 9.3 square meters) preplanting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer icon, same rate for each side dressing
When to Fertilize 2 weeks before sowing or transplanting - when transplanting use liquid starter fertilizer - side-dress just as the vines start to run - finally as fruit begin to set.
Days to Harvest 50-65 days - depending on conditions and variety
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