Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Zucchini & Summer Squash
- Zucchini can be overwhelming once it starts producing. While zucchini bread is great, there are many other ways to enjoy this summer squash! See our Best Zucchini Recipes.
- Squash flowers are edible and make a tasty treat when fried in a light batter.
Zuchinno rampicante is a very long light green squash with a sweet flavor. A great climber. Zapallito de tronco is a south american green summer squash with pale yellow flesh. very easy to grow. 4 to 6 inch wide flattened globes.
I have planted several bush-type zucchinis in balcony containers. They are producing lots of fruit, but the fruit are small and shrivelled at the blossom ends. I plan to add more soil including manure and peat moss, and move them to a brighter part of the balcony, hoping that more nutrition and sun will help. Perhaps uneven watering has been a problem. Any suggestions?
Hi Lois. Thanks for writing in!
There are a number of factors that can be affecting your plants’ growth. Growing zucchinis in containers can be tricky because they are more dependent on you for nutrients, especially calcium, which is needed for fruit production.
Small fruit can also be a sign of poor pollination, drought stress, or lack of sunlight. It is important to have pollinator attracting plants near your zucchinis for best pollination. Zucchinis need at least an inch of water each week and it is even more important to be mindful of watering practices when growing in containers. Zucchinis also need 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. You can also certainly add some organic matter to the existing soil.
Blossom end rot is also a possibility, but in those cases the fruit typically shrivels and rots in a short amount of time. Hope this helps!
Zucchini isn’t normally planted in a container but you can do it if you buy the right seeds. Look for ‘compact’ or ‘container’ types. Plant 2 seeds in 14-inch pots or planters. Once they germinate, you’ll remove the weaker one. You’ll certainly need to look into watering and fertilizer if growing in a container since the plant will rely on you versus mother nature for food.
Last year I wasn't getting any fruit on my vines. We don't have lots of flies or bees to pollinate. I had to take Q Tips and swab the male flower then the female flower with the pollen I collected. It seems a little weird (my friends had some comments!) but I had more fruits than ever once I did it.
I always plant tons of yellow straightneck squash. I can't see green zucchini and I'm forever finding them the size of baseball bats on plants I harvested the day before. I tried golden zucchini last year thinking they'd be easier to see, but the yellow squash out-produced them about 3 or 4 to 1. Treated the hills exactly the same. Regular zucchini doesn't produce for me as well as yellow squash. Anyone know if it's just normal that yellow out-produces zucchini 3 to 1, or am I doing something wrong?
I've planted Zucchini for several years. This year since my 125 year old American Elm died last year, I moved my garden to a sunny spot where nothing grew under the tree before. My Zucchini plant is about three times as big with leaves over two foot wide but only about one zucchini every three days. This is my first year for Acorn squash the vines are several feet long with several squash. What is with the Zucchini if others are producing?