Common Name(s):: Summer Squash (Zucchini, Cocozelles, Crookneck, Marrows, Straightneck, Scallop)
Days to Harvest:
Pest & Diseases:
- Cucumber beetles feed on seedlings and mature leaves, blossoms and fruits. They can also spread bacterial wilt and mosaic virus. They will overwinter nearby and can produce several generations per season. Rotate crops!
- Squash bugs feed on leaves. Although they prefer winter squash, an infestation can easily kill young vines.
- Squash vine borer larvae bore into the base of the stem and feed their until mature, cutting off the vine circulation.
- Ronde de Nice Zucchini: A French Heirloom with nice flavor and texture. The shape lends itself to being stuffed.
- White Patty Pan: A Native American heirloom with a nutty taste when cooked fresh.
- Middle Eastern: Sold under many names, these stocky, light green zucchini hold their texture and flavor in cooking.
- Tromboncino: An elongated heirloom zucchini with a bulbous end. Edible even when 2+ feet long and holds its texture when cooked.
Summer squash prefers a rich, well drained soil and plenty of sun. Squash plants have both male and female blossoms and they both must be present at the same time for pollination to occur. Having multiple plants with multiple blossoms will increase the chance of pollination.
Maintenance: Mulching helps keep the shallow root system cool and moist. The greatest maintenance will be checking your summer squash daily, as summer squash can reach harvest size within 4 days of flowering.