Approximately 7-14 seeds per gram. Cucurbita pepo Lot# ZU42007 This dazzling zucchini produces an abundance of bright golden-yellow fruits on a vigorous compact bush type plant that grows 45-91 cm (18-36”) tall with a spread that is 45 cm (18”) wide. They are perfect for those with limited space in their gardens. Golden Zucchini generally tastes best when the fruit is around 10-15 cm (4-6”) or less, but are still tender when larger. When the plant begins to produce mature zucchini, they should be harvested every day or two. Continual harvesting encourages more fruit to grow.
Direct sow the seeds in June once the soil is warm up to at least 21˚C (70˚F). Sow 4 to 5 seeds 12 mm- 2.5 cm (½-1”) deep into hills or rows. Space hills 91-121 cm (3-4’) apart. When the seedlings are 5-7 cm (2-3”) tall, thin them to 2-3 plants per hill. If planting rows, sow seeds 10 cm (4”) apart in rows 91-121 cm (3-4’) apart. When the seedlings are 5-7 cm (2-3”) tall, thin to one plant every 45-61 cm (18-24”). For transplants, start indoors 3-4 weeks before transplanting outside. Sow 3 or 4 seeds per pot and thin to one or two plants. Harden off seedlings gradually by cutting back on water and expose them to sunlight daily. Seedlings should have more than 2 to 3 true leaves prior to transplanting outside.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 6.0-7.5
Planting Depth: Sow seeds 12 mm- 2.5 cm (½-1”) deep.
Germination: 3-10 days.
Height at Maturity:Golden Zucchini plants reach 45-91 cm (18-36”) tall. Spread is about is 45 cm (18”) wide.
Days to Maturity: 50-60 days.
Watering: Zucchini plants require at least 4-5 cm (1½-2”) of water a week. This will ensure good growth, whether vegetables are grown in single hills or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week will help supplement how much you should water your garden. Soil should remain mildly moist. Do not water shallowly. The soil needs to be moist 4 inches down.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: Space transplants one plant every 45-61 cm (18-24”) apart in rows 45-61 cm (18-24”) apart.
Additional Information You will not need to grow many of these plants as they are quite prolific producers unless you have lots of friends and family that enjoy zucchini. The bush habit is rather closed and can make harvesting a bit of a challenge. Sow squash in the garden as early as 2 weeks after the last average frost date in spring. To get a head start on the season sow zucchini indoors about 3 weeks before you transplant it into the garden. Sow successive crops every 2 to 4 weeks to extend the harvest and to protect against crop loss to insects or disease. Time all plantings so that squash comes to harvest before the first frost in fall.