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Growing Zucchini, also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
T                 S   T

(Best months for growing Zucchini in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 70°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 - 35 inches apart
  • Harvest in 6-9 weeks. Cut the fruit often to keep producing.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Corn, beans, nasturtiums, parsley, Silverbeet, Tomatoes
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes

Your comments and tips

18 Dec 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You pick it, the size you want. An example is - zucchini 3 to 8-9 inches . Marrow 12-18
27 Oct 18, (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
When planting seeds, which end of the seed should be facing the surface?
27 Oct 18, Cesare Stella (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
I never bothered, I just lay them down
17 Oct 18, Gill (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
I have sown 2 sorts of courgette. The older seed (Italian) germinated as normal. The new seed purchased this spring has done nothing (the common yellow). At this stage seed pots are indoors
23 Oct 18, Mike (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Check to see if the seeds have rotted or not. Maybe they need a little sunlight to germinate.
19 Sep 18, Bess (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Is it advisable to pinch out the growing tips to stop the plants from getting too big? Thanks!
20 Sep 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
NO!!! The longer it grows the more zeeks you pick.
12 Oct 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have plants that are 5-6' long and still bearing zeeks. i want to pull them out but a fellow at the men's shed keeps hand pollinating them and they keep producing fruit. They are 5.5 months old.
06 Apr 18, Gaynor (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
How can I grow zucchini’s in Auckland in the winter thanks.
09 Apr 18, mike (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I don't believe you can grow them during winter, maybe with a good glass house and heater but you'd also probably need to hand pollinate.
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I am having trouble with my courgette. It starts off green and healthy, then the end gradually turns yellow which spreads up the the vegetable then it goes soft and shrivels up and dies. Do you know what's wrong? Thanks

- Nikki

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