Squash, Summer Green Tiger Zucchini Hybrid
Voted best looking and best tasting.
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 Maturity55-60 daysFruit Size6-8 inchesSunFull SunSpread1-2 feetHeight24-30 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin18 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Summer Green Tiger Zucchini Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 8.Rated 5 out of 5 by Skyler from Tender Zucchini I absolutely love this zucchini. I started it indoors a month before taking it out side. The transplant was better than any other zucchini I have tried. It is a prolific plant!!! I had zucchinis in May of this year. I get a zucchini every day off this plant that is 18-24" and they look just like the picture. It is a gourmet zucchini as the skin is thin, a little waxy and is prefect to grill or sauté up with some butter, salt and pepper. I haven't found a better zucchini than this one. I was a little worried that it would be a thick skin or a tuff zucchini, however it is an extremely tender zucchini. This is my first year with this plant and everyone I gave a seedling to have asked for another plant for next year. I have 4 different zucchini plants this year and this is by far my most favorite plant. I will plant them again next year.Date published: 2014-07-21Rated 5 out of 5 by RyanW from EXCELLENT Squash! I have been growing this variety for three years and love it. I purchased this as an alternative to your garden variety (pun intended) zucchini plant. The fruits look exactly as pictured. They are straight, beautifully striated, and have a waxy sheen. The flavor is great and the flesh has a firm, meaty texture. The seeds germinate within a week and the plant sets fruit quickly. I started it under a grow light and 3 weeks later I had a small squash plant that already had male and female flowers. The plant is very prolific. I get about 1 squash every 1-2 days. The squash are great by themselves or in zucchini bread.Date published: 2013-07-05Rated 5 out of 5 by IslandGardener from Tender zucchini Loved this zucchini. Even the ones that got to be large were delicious and tender. I only planted three plants but they produced more than I could use. Will definitively have these again next year.Date published: 2011-10-19Rated 4 out of 5 by indigosand from pretty little gem I usually grow the black variety of zukes but the unique skin on these had me captivated. If you're looking for a voluminous crop, this one isn't for you. It's not a heavy producer by any means. The plants are not compact in the sense that you would think, they are short in stature but do take up the typical amount of space horizontally. They do not trail. They produce steadily and predictably. I have had approximately 2 fruits a week from each plant of 6-8" size. The fruits are glossy and every bit as vibrant as the picture shows. Beautiful for stuffing.Date published: 2011-08-27Rated 5 out of 5 by Hawaiianelle from Fast and delicious I planted this tiger squash July 9. They sprouted on July 13th and the first buds appeared on August 3. We harvested the first one today, August 15. It was about 8 inches long and thick at the bottom end. I served it stir fried with some fresh green beans, onions, carrots and sausage and it was delicious. I also sampled a piece raw while chopping it up and it is great! Out of the 4 seeds we planted all sprouted and all have fruit growing in different stages. These like a lot of sun. Here in our tropical garden in Hawaii two plants are located where they get sun almost all day. The other two get sun a few hours less and their fruit is only about 3 inches long right now. The spread on these plants are about 4 feet across so you may want to plant further apart than the packet recommends. I didn't and the plants are overlapping each other. They would probably produce even more fruit if they had more room to grow, but right now I have 2 more fruit growing on the plant I just harvested from. All the plants have at least 2-3 and it looks like they throw out more flowers as the plant matures. This was my first attempt at growing summer squash and these are a gardener's dream to plant. No problems at all and so far, the insects have left it alone. I am very happy with my tiger zucchini and will plant over and over again.Date published: 2011-08-16Rated 5 out of 5 by bluestar from Beautiful These truly are beautiful zucchini. Plants seem just a little less productive than the Fordhook variety, but there's still plenty to go around. My plants are a good four feet tall and wide, so keep that in mind when planting.Date published: 2011-08-02Rated 5 out of 5 by sciencechick from Lovely fruit These are just starting to produce now. They're beautiful. FYI, though, the spread is more like 30", not 18" (it's okay, just letting you know for planning purposes). The first fruits are much smaller than 8", also fine - they're really a striking fruit. If you catch them at the right time, the blossoms also make unbelievably delicious stuffed squash blossoms.Date published: 2011-07-03Rated 5 out of 5 by TheHappyGardener from These Are The Only Zucchinis For Me Now!! I used to grow the classic green zucchini alongside my yellow crooked neck squash in the spring & summer, but for 2010, I decided to give these beauties a try. It's a reason that they were voted best looking and best tasting! In the garden as they reached maturity, they were always a conversation piece when friends would come over and we'd sit out back by the gardens. Their shiny and watermelon-like stripes on 8" long zukes contrasted beautifully against the yellow crooked necks, the celebrity tomatoes bushes growing in an opposing bed, along with the red bells, zavories (hybrid habaneros), italian sweet godfather macaroni hybrids and cubanelles. But that's just the half...in the kitchen they are truly flavorful and can be used well either cooked or raw & thinly sliced. I had plenty to use for myself as well as to give away to neighbors, family & friends! They love the sunshine like all summer squash, good rich cultivated well-drained soil, watering every 3 days (every 2 in drought conditions). Spray with Sevin every 2 weeks to thwart pests and treat parameter of squash bed with synthetic fox or coyote urine spray if rabbits make their presence known. I always used raised beds, but sometimes those long-eared suckers will try to climb up. When they get a whiff of their natural enemy's whizz, they stay far away until heavy summer rains wash the spritz away! (-: ~~~Good Luck & Enjoy!!~~~Date published: 2010-11-06