Squash, Zucchini, Ball Hybrid Mix
Perhaps the prettiest bush vegetables in your garden.
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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 Maturity40-50 daysFruit Size3-6 inchesSunFull SunSpread3-4 feetHeight18-24 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin18 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Squash, Zucchini, Ball Hybrid Mix is rated out of 5 by 10.Rated 5 out of 5 by cjgonwhiteman from These are wonderful All of my seeds sprouted and are already starting to make fruit. I have yet to get any picked to try them but they have been a great success in my garden!!!!Date published: 2015-07-07Rated 5 out of 5 by Phoebe from Great for containers! I've always grown squash that end up taking over my small garden so I thought I would try these in a pot on my deck. It is a beautiful plant and is producing plenty of squash. I think the problem that the other reviewer had with the seeds might be solved by picking them a little earlier. I also haven't had any problems with germination but have only planted a few seeds. One plant is making more than enough for 2 people but I planted a couple of backups in June and both came up. So far there's no sign of squash borers either on this plant, which has been a problem in the past for me. I'm looking forward to seeing which variety the next 2 plants produce. My single plant is the light green type in the seed mix.Date published: 2013-06-29Rated 1 out of 5 by GardenGirl2 from poor germination rate Planted six - started indoors to get a head start. Only one seed germinated! Very disappointing. Will try direct sow in the garder now that the weather is warmer. Hope this works better since ball type zucchini plants not otherwise available in my area.Date published: 2013-05-26Rated 5 out of 5 by eagle7 from Squash, Zucchini Ball, mix We have grown this zucchini now for two years, its a great producer. we can't keep it in our raised beds we have beds four foot by 12 foot and four foot by sixteen foot. these when planted have grown outside with thre and four runners per plant and load with squash all summer and fall, as long as you keep them watered and fertilized a couple times over the summer. one plant has averaged over 25 squash in the season. we will not go back to the long zucchini, these are much easier to grow and prepare to use and eat. we have found many more uses for this zucchini. reccommend it for all to try. have twenty years gardening, with degree in horticulture.Date published: 2012-12-23Rated 2 out of 5 by SFrost from Rapid Grower Again, very poor germination rate with these, compared to all of my other squash, but when you get any seeds to come up, they seem to be very vigorous plants. I had about a 45% germination rate with these seeds, compared with my rond de nice, vert et blanc and sweet dumpling, which gave me about 90%. No fruit has set yet, so perhaps only one variety actually germinated out of the mix?Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 5 out of 5 by Yearroundgardener from Good and tasty I grew 6 of these plants last summer and had at least one plant of each color zucchini. I will allow more room for each plant this year as they spread quite a bit. The zucchini's are interesting to the eye with the various colors and taste great any way you cook them. i'm the only one that likes zucchini at our house and I had way more than I could eat. The extras were a hit at the office once I explained to everyone exactly what they were.Date published: 2011-01-22Rated 5 out of 5 by DreamingOfAutumn from Tasty and Prolific I had great luck with this set. The squash are so cute, and I got a ton of them! They are very tasty sliced and grilled with a little olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper. I also made Blueberry Zucchini Bread with these. It came out great, but you have to scoop the seeds out and squeeze the excess liquid out and these have pretty high water content. A word of caution: These spread WAY further than 18 inches, I would give them a good 36 inches at least- they were climbing right out of their raised bed !Date published: 2010-08-30Rated 5 out of 5 by 1gardenmom from Love these! What fun! I have been growing these in a pot and have loved the beautiful zucchini i"ve been able to grow. The fruits are adorable and very tasty. These would be good to do with young children as they grow and produce quickly.Date published: 2010-07-26