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Squash, Summer, Fordhook Zucchini

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HEIRLOOM. All-America Selections winner for vigorous bush-like plants.

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Fordhook Zucchini has cylindrical, smooth, dark green, straight to slightly curves fruits with creamy white, tender flesh. The bush-like plants are vigorous and the fruits are best when 6-8" long. Harvest in about 57 days.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Summer Zucchini

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

57 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

6-8 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

48-60 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-30 inches

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    Squash
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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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 have 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 Summer Squash & 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.

Harvest Winter Squash & Preserving

  • Wait to until the fruit has matured to harvest.
  • Fruit will have a dull skin that is too hard to pierce with your thumbnail.
  • To harvest, cut fruit from the vine with shears leaving a 2- 3 inch stem on each squash.
  • Allow winter squash to cure in the sun for a week to harden skin.
  • Store winter squash in a cool dry place.
Type
Summer Zucchini
Days To Maturity
57 days
Fruit Size
6-8 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
48-60 inches
Height
24-30 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
18 inches
Squash, Summer, Fordhook Zucchini is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prolific producer I planted ONE of these (direct sow) in my raised garden bed. This plant took over my garden! It is enormous! I've harvested many delicious zucchini and it's still going strong. I would only recommend that you have a LOT more room than i do (4'x8') for this zucchini.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good variety, but not the best one out there. Germination is not as good as other squashes, but most seeds still do germinate. I highly recommend growing this particular squash directly into the ground because they do not produce as good in pots like other squash varieties do such as the gourmet gold or scallop squash hybrids. When grown in the ground the zucchini will mass produce. Keep the pests off and it should do fine.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Being in an urban setting, I grow in containers. I have been growing Zucchini in large Smart Pots for years, and none have been such a failure as the Fordhook. Germinated quickly, thinned to 1 plant. Looked good. Produced 1 Zucchini about a week earlier than seed packet said. Now it's only producing male flowers, and the stems and leaves are yellowing from the bottom up. (No powdery mildew, though which was a first!) A couple more fruits started to grow, but shriveled up. I'm going to pull the plant. Started a "Sure Thing" plant, and hope for better results than most of the reviews on that one. For MANY years, I planted the "Sweet Zuke" variety, always with GREAT success, but it seems it's not available anymore. Though Fordhoook is popular and been around forever, it does not work in a container for me.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pleased Both packets of seed are growing and producing and are delicious.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best when picked small This was a great variety that was best picked when small. I enjoyed the flavor! Seeds got larger and it was not as tasty when the zukes were allowed to grow larger. The yields were high and it was easy to grow, just be prepared to pick it daily to get zukes with the best flavor - they grow like wildfire overnight.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Zero germination Zero Germination on 2 packs. I have attempted (inside, please) on 4 different mediums* with zero results. Medium: Miracle Gro, Peat Moss, 1/4 in sifted compost, garden soil+worm compost Temp: 70 - 75 F. (inside) Those seeds were simply dead. DOA. To test the medium, and double check that it was not a soil issue, I have tried Kohlrabi, Cabbage, Parsley, Parsnip, tomatoes, etc . all went well. As an FYI, I have been gardening for the past 20 years. Sell by date 11/16 , Lot 13. UPC: 0 4153056085 5 I also have a attempt on Burpee's Yellow squash, and that does not look promising at all.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grows extremely well! I only had room for three squash plants so I chose these. Started in 3 inch pots in mid April to get a jump. My largest of the three is 35+ inches tall and over 40 inches across. I will be picking my first Zuchini in just a few days. Outstanding plant and tastes delicious.
Date published: 2013-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did Great These did good up in Northern New York had large plants lots of fruits to give away and keep.
Date published: 2011-01-29
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