Squash, Summer, Fordhook Zucchini
HEIRLOOM. All-America Selections winner for vigorous bush-like plants.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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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 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 Maturity57 daysFruit Size6-8 inchesSunFull SunSpread4-5 feetHeight24-30 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin18 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Summer, Fordhook Zucchini is rated out of 5 by 12.Rated 5 out of 5 by CareyGarden 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: 2013-07-03Rated 5 out of 5 by NanookoftheNorth from Did Great These did good up in Northern New York had large plants lots of fruits to give away and keep.Date published: 2011-01-29Rated 5 out of 5 by garden47401 from Very good Vigorous plants that are easy to grow. Very tasty a true keeper in my garden.Date published: 2010-07-22Rated 5 out of 5 by VAisforgardenlovers from Huge productive plants! We planted two rows of this zucchini this year because last year we had significant lose due to a vine borer infestation (last years plants we bought as seedlings from a local organic grocery, so I don't know what variety they were). These zucchin took over the garden! The leaves stand waist high and are almost 2ft wide! We have 9 plants and we are harvesting plump tasty zukes everyday. These plants were extremely easy to grow and so far have been very successful. Only one plant has suffered vine borer damage thus far. (We use organic practices, so we only us organic pest control methods.) Germination was slow at first, but that was due in part to a cool snap we had at the end of May, about a week after sowing. We will be planting Fordhook zucchini again next year!Date published: 2010-06-29Rated 5 out of 5 by Kimba from Zucchini Heaven! If you like Zucchini THIS IS THE PLANT FOR YOU! My goodness, I could not get over the number of healthy, beautiful, & delicious zucchini this plant produced! I had so many, I was giving them away, just so they wouldn't go to waste. The plants are compact too, so they stayed in their neat little rows all Summer. Planting these again this year, for sure!Date published: 2009-04-24Rated 4 out of 5 by Yardner from Nice producer I've tried this variety in the past and have never had any problems. Easy to grow and maintain. I wouldn't worry about trying it. Its flavor is greatDate published: 2008-10-23Rated 5 out of 5 by MinnesotaBen from Huge and Plentiful Zukes! I lived in Italy for a few years and the Italians sure know how to grow and cook zucchini. I finally found a good zuke with this delicious one! The zucchini grow large, and are soft fleshed - perfect for frying, grating, freezing, baking, and putting on pizza! Check out my picture!Date published: 2008-07-31Rated 4 out of 5 by ChristyACB from Lovely Plant with a Lovely Squash After hearing so often that zucchini are best planted conservatively so that neighbors don't start avoiding you during harvest season, I thinned my plants down to just 3. Mine are still creating new zucchini while I'm already harvesting the early, small and tender ones for fresh eating. This plant is a champion producer for sure with an exceptional germination rate from seed. The flavor is without flaw and the squash is delightfully uniform with a smooth creamy flesh just right for eating raw or cooked. For those with an abundance, try shredding them and then freezing in bags for use in zucchini bread, zucchini pancakes (think potato cakes from fairs) and casserole use in the winter when zucchini prices peak.Date published: 2008-07-17