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Planting - Summer Squash





Planting Information




Seeding Rate Per Foot 4 to 6 seeds per hill2 to 3 seeds per foot in rows
Seeds Per Ounce 120 to 400
Space Between Plants 24"
Planting Depth 1"
Plant Height Medium
Plant Types Yellow, Patty Pan, Green, other
Favorite Varieties

Yellow: Dixie Hybrid, Gold Rush Hybrid, Butterbar Hybrid

Patty Pan: PeterPan Hybrid, Sunburst Hybrid

Green: Zucchini Elite, Spineless Zucchini Hybrid, Black Jack, Tivoli

Others: Butter Blossom, Scallopini, Gourmet Globe

Seed Viability (Years) 4 years
Seed Germination 70 to 80 F soil temperature
Germination Time 3 to 5 days


Planting Instructions



Plant squash in well-drained aerated soil.

Plant 4 to 5 seeds in hills 2' to 3' apart (see seed packet for exact spacing of different varieties.) Thin to the 3 healthiest plants in each hill.

In rows, plant 2 to 3 seeds per foot but thin to one squash for every 2' feet when true leaves begin to emerge.

Squash can be planted indoors in potting soil about three weeks prior to the date of last frost. Put one seed per pot and place in full sun or under fluorescent lights. Squash should be harden off outdoors before being transplanted into the ground. Squash should not be allowed to grow too large in pots before transplanting as plant will suffer setback when transplanted and growth will be slowed or stunted.

 

 

Summer Squash

Tips

Insects, particularly honeybees, pollinate these plants. If they are not available the plants may not set fruit due to lack of pollination. Insufficient pollination sometimes results in deformed fruits.

 

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