Squash, Summer, Eight Ball Zucchini
Mini zucchini that's loaded with flavor.
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 Size3 inchesSunFull SunSpread4-5 feetHeight24-30 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin18 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Summer, Eight Ball Zucchini is rated out of 5 by 6.Rated 5 out of 5 by mde1 from Best producer of the season so far I've got 8-9 plants going and have been able to harvest squash almost every morning this month. Great producer and is throwing way more female flowers than my other squash varieties. I'm a new gardener practicing bio-intensive planting. The 'cramped' plants are producing just as well as the ones with plenty of room [so far]. The flavor of this squash is great, and its shape makes it a versatile for cooking.Date published: 2013-05-25Rated 5 out of 5 by PairADiceFarm from 8 Ball Squash Beautiful plant, grows on time, many blooms, and delicious. Can be prepared in many ways, stuffed, baked, fried, grilled or saute'.Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 4 out of 5 by Chestnut from Pretty good I loved these! The shape is so versatile--great for stuffing or peeling and slicing for mock apple pies. It was difficult to get enough ripe at once for stuffed zucchini. My overall yield was just 8 fruits per plant and that was only after I started hand-pollinating each female flower. I will grow again, however.Date published: 2009-09-17Rated 5 out of 5 by SamsMom from Highly Productive This is a fun plant. I usually start the seeds in peat pots indoors at the end of March, so the plants can be planted into the garden in mid-May. It is one of the first of the zucchini to bear fruit in the summer, usually by mid-June and continues until late August, usually with 2 or 3 zucchini on each plant at a time. It is very tasty and fun to grow. The first time I give some to a neighbor or co-worker they are not sure what it is, but then they rave about it. Planted more seeds in September and the plants have flowers, so I hope to have a fall crop. Next year will start second planting in peat pots at the end of July to get a jump start on the fall crop. This is a great plant.Date published: 2007-10-06Rated 5 out of 5 by NYzone4 from Very hardy & prolific We have a raised bed and started a few seeds indoors late in the season for our area. We planted the Eight Ball Zucchini seeds in small pots in early May and put the plants out in early June. By July 12th we were eating very large stuffed zucchini. The plants are extremely hardy with minimal care (we have not had to water them, only weed). The zucchini is very tasty & has multiple uses. I consider this zucchini the dieter's answer to the bread bowl!!Date published: 2006-07-25Rated 5 out of 5 by Farmer Beth from Eight Ball Zucchini Last year I planted our first large vegetable garden (1900 square feet) after many years of small urban vegetable gardens. I planted the Eight Ball Zucchini and boy, was I ever surprised. It was probably our most prolific crop. We have fine, well drained soil which we enhanced a bit. The summers in Florida are very hot and we tried to water for 20 minutes every other day. We had so many of these that we gave them away to our friends and coworkers, who were most impressed. Yes,they are on our seed list again this year, thanks to Burpee!Date published: 2006-02-05