Squash, Black Beauty
Summer type. Great to eat any way you cook it.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
How to Sow
- Sow seeds directly in the garden in fertile, warm soil in full sun after danger of frost has passed.
- Be sure to choose an area when you did not plant squash or related crops within 2 years.
- Sow 1-2 seeds about 36 inches apart. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil.
- Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
- Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days.
- Thin to one plant when seedlings have two sets of leaves.
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
- Squash plants have a shallow root system, mulches help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.
- Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Squash plants are “dioecious” having both male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers will open first and the female flowers will open later.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
- Attract bee pollinators by planting daisies such as sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias and coneflower, and mints such as beebalm, sage, oregano and lavender. More bees mean more chances flowers will be pollinated and develop into fruits. Border squash plots with rows of beans, herbs, peppers and tomatoes.
Harvest & Preserving
- Harvest when fruits are small and the skin is shiny. Harvest often. To keep summer squash producing pick all fruit at this stage. If fruit is allowed to mature the plant may stop producing.
- To pick summer squash give the fruit a gentle twist until it snaps off.
- Store summer squash in plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- Male squash blossoms are also delicious and sweet, try dipping in batter and frying.
Days To Maturity50 daysFruit Size6-8 inchesSunFull SunSpread6-8 feetHeight12 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin36 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Black Beauty is rated out of 5 by 3.Rated 5 out of 5 by Shelly328 from Huge producer, excellent taste This squash plant grew about 4' or more tall. Huge production, excellent fruit. Very happy and will purchase/plant this one again...but not quite as close as previously. LOLDate published: 2012-08-12Rated 5 out of 5 by VAContainerGardener from Awesome Plant! I've had wonderful success with this plant. It germinates easily and grows prolifically. This was the first vegetable plant I ever grew. I actually had leftover seeds from last year and thought I'd try them again, just in case they were still good. Success! Almost every seed I planted germinated. Last year I grew them in a pot that was about 18" wide (2 plants). I got a good harvest despite some issues highlighted below. With some changes, I anticipate a better harvest this year. This year I have two slightly larger containers (maybe closer to 20") with two plants apiece and so far, so good. The only changes/lessons learned from last year: 1. I moved them from a black pot to a tan pot because it just got too hot for the plant. 2. I will fertilize with liquid fertilizer for veggie plants because they ran out of nutrients last year and the fruit didn't do so well as a result. 3. I will watch my husband more closely because he tried to "help" by watering twice daily, resulting in the fruit rotting on the stem. Points for effort, not execution. :) You need a lot of sunlight and expect them to wilt in the afternoon on hot days. Watch out for vine borers and powdery mildew. I used Sevin dust last year to keep the vine borers away.Date published: 2012-06-07Rated 5 out of 5 by urbanfarmlady from Great Flavor! You will have so many squash in a short time, get the recipes ready! They are easy to grow and quick to harvest. Even the very large ones were flavorful and not woody as I thought they may be. My picture also has cucumbers in the dish.Date published: 2012-01-04