Here are all of the information you need to grow your own zucchini. From planting, growing and harvesting tips, this guide will help you enjoy a bountiful crop!

Soil

What soil is good for Zucchini?

 Rich, well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in. 

Position

How much sun does Zucchini need?

Full sun

Frost Tolerant

Is Zucchini frost tolerant?

No

Spacing

How much space does Zucchini need?

Roughly 60cm apart

Planting

When should I plant Zucchini?

Zucchini are warm season crops that are best planted in spring once the danger of frost has passed. 

Seeds are quick to germinate and can be direct sown once the soil has warmed to roughly 20°C (68°F).  

If planting from seedling, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times and windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn. 

Feeding

What do I feed Zucchini?

Zucchini are heavy feeders, fertilise regularly with an organic liquid fertilizer and top up the soil around the plants with compost throughout the season. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Zucchini?

Harvest regularly as Zucchini grow extremely fast. Zucchini can be harvested at any stage, however they are at their best around 25cm long. The more you harvest, the more the plant will produce.

Pests

What pests does Zucchini get?

Aphids, Army Worms, Cucumber Beetle, Cutworm, Flea Beetle, Spider Mites, Slugs, Snails, Leafminers, Squash Bug, Squash Vine Borer, Thrips, 28 Spotted Ladybug

 

Diseases

What diseases does Zucchini get?

Alternaria Leaf Blight, Leaf Spot, Downy Mildew, Fusarium Crown and Foot Rot, Gummy Stem Blight, Powdery Mildew, Verticillium Wilt, Bacterial Wilt, Aster Yellows, Blossom- end Rot, Mosaic Virus, Cucurbit Yellow Stunting Disorder Virus, Phytophthora Crown and Root Rot 

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Zucchini?

Prune any old or overlapping leaves as soon as possible to prevent Powdery Mildew and other diseases from forming. 

Attract bees to your garden by planting flowers around your Zucchini bed, otherwise, hand pollinate to ensure fruit set. 

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