Squash, Gadzukes! Zucchini Hybrid
Zucchini with star-shaped slices
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 Maturity55 daysFruit Size7-8 inchesSunFull SunSpread2-3 feetHeight24-30 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin36 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Gadzukes! Zucchini Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 13.Rated 1 out of 5 by RyanW from Did not like this squash I grew this several years ago and was not impressed. The plant was very prolific, but the texture of the flesh was soft and mushy. The flavor wasn't very good, either.Date published: 2013-07-05Rated 5 out of 5 by bryear from Best Zucchini By Far My wife and I simply won't plant another variety of zucchini than Gadzukes!.. When I ran out of seeds a few years ago, I thought Gadzukes were just another Italian zucchini. Wrong! The flavor was never the same and the ribbing didn't stand out like this one does. We like that the seeds stay small and the fruit stays smaller in diameter when it gets older They just get longer. There is a nice, nutty flavor. We love to just dip them in eggs, coat them in flour, then fry them. It's not low-fat but BOYdo they taste great. Even our two kids just gobble them down. We've been growing them for almost 10 years and will never switch.Date published: 2013-03-20Rated 5 out of 5 by nwgal from Great producer I tried several different varieties of Zuchs this year this was the best producer. The Italian ribbed has a slightly better flavor if you tasted them raw but Gadzukes was definitely the best producer. Mine did not have the very ribbed appearance shown in the picture in fact once picked it was hard to tell the difference between the Italian ribbed and the Gadzukes. Love this zuchinni and will be planting this next year.Date published: 2012-11-27Rated 5 out of 5 by Yardner from Best Zuke flavor This by far my favorite zucchini for flavor. Easy to grow and even the large ones have great flavor grilled or fried. A definite must if you are a zucchini lover.Date published: 2008-10-23Rated 3 out of 5 by CPearce from Very cool looking Zuke These were very good tasting and would grow like crazy. Unlike the standard Zuke, the skin would get tough as they would get somewhat bigger. I'd love to chop up the small ones into salads.Date published: 2008-07-20Rated 4 out of 5 by midwestgardener from good, prolific Best feature of these is the pretty shape. The taste was quite good, though as always with zucchini, best when small. My family did not like them raw at all, but cooked in Italian or Indian dishes they were excellent. As one other reviewer noted, powdery mildew has started to be an issue now that we finally are getting rain, and the plants have stopped yielding much now in late September. But that is OK, since we were getting tired of zucchini!Date published: 2007-09-27Rated 5 out of 5 by Tylersthymes from Gadzukes !!!! This is the best. I have had people stop by my home just to see if this zucchini was ready to harvest!! This is the best zucchini, very meaty, tasty, makes great Bread-n-Butter pikckles and freezes very well for later use. If you ever want to try a sure thing, then grab a packet of these seeds and enjoy!!Date published: 2007-08-13Rated 5 out of 5 by adaire from Wow! great Zucchini! We love this zucchini! We have grown it for 3 years now and it has never failed to produce massive amounts of delicious zucchini. It keeps well and doesn't turn to mush when cooked. The plants are extremely healthy and produce more than you can eat in full sun. The blossoms are huge and the neighbors have stopped by to ask what we are growing. We have kept the neighborhood well-supplied with zucchini. I highly recommend this zucchini!Date published: 2007-08-11