Squash/Zucchini Germination Information

Squash/Zucchini Seed Germination How to Sow Squash/Zucchini:

  • Best sown outdoors after all danger of frost has past in the spring
  • Seeds can also be sown indoors, 2-3 weeks before planting out, at a temperature of 70-75°
  • Indoors and out, sow seeds 1- 11/4 inch deep and expect germination in 7-10 days
  • It is 40-50 days from sowing to harvesting

How to Grow Squash/Zucchini:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Site in full sun in a very rich, sandy, well-drained soil

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Keep weeded and well watered. Fertilize prior to planting and again every 3 weeks until harvest

Appearance and Use:

Cucurbita pepo produces the bushy Summer Squash, Zucchini, and the lesser-known Custard Squashes and Crooknecks. It also produces some of the vining winter squashes that are treated in a separate entry. The types treated here taste best when harvested immature, when the skin is easily pierced with the thumbnail. Pick them when ready in order to keep the vine producing new fruits


About Squash/Zucchini:
Botanical name: Cucurbita pepo
Pronunciation:  ku-ker’bi-tå pe’po
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Cucurbitaceae; of cultivated American origin