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Squash, Summer, Early Prolific Straightneck

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HEIRLOOM. Very popular early yellow straightneck.

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Bush-like plants supply large crop of creamy yellow-skinned fruits. GARDEN HINTS: Fruits are best when 8 to 9" long. Cultivate or mulch to control weeds. Fertilize when fruits form to increase yield.
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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.

50 days

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

8-6 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.

24-36 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-30 inches

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    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
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jul-11

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.
Summer Zucchini
Days To Maturity
50 days
Fruit Size
8-6 inches
Full Sun
24-36 inches
24-30 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
36 inches
Squash, Summer, Early Prolific Straightneck is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cross pollinated seeds Have planted this with success for decades. This year, the Burpee seed I planted was apparently cross pollinated before it was harvested. My squash has a thin green line around the inside and the flesh has a green tinge to it. Flavor does not seem to be affected.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As constant as the Northern Star... I have used this seed the past six years in my garden and I have to tell you this plant is a prolific producer that never disappoints. The taste is always good for any squash preparation. My wife used this in a squash pie this year and it blew everyone away because she actually made it the consistency and taste of pineapple! The flavors keep you coming back but not to worry, it produces so much that you are never left wanting more. This will be in my garden every year!
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A really nice crop I planted 4 plants last year and I ended up with more squashes then I knew what to do with. I gave them out to my neighbors, and they really tasted great as well. I really recommend these. I did plant a fifth one in a pot, but it only produced one fruit. I strongly suggest you only plant in the ground. Later in the year, their stems became infected with squash bugs and the production slowed down, but other than that, it is a great plant.
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good squash Many flowers, many squash. Had a little blossom rot problem, but cleared up with some TLC. Flavor & texture generally right down the middle, tame.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very tasty Platented these along with butterstick, very giving I read reviews about them not being as tasty as butterstick veriety but they are both great this one in my opinion was better tasting, the more room per plant the sooner the fruit.
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great squash! These are indeed very prolific and hearty plants. The squash are all excellent -- though I have noticed that most have the normal straightneck shape, while others (on a different plant) are shorter, wider, and very warty. Taste is excellent, and they're beautiful fruit.
Date published: 2011-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from There are Better Choices In 2009 I planted Burpee's Butterstick Hybrid Zucchini (yellow squash). They were sensational -- tender, flavorful and abundant. This year I was late in obtaining my seeds and purchased a packet of Burpee's Early Prolific Straightneck, as the local seed store was sold out of the Butterstick. I am very disappointed in the result. This squash cannot hold a candle to the Butterstick. The Early Prolific Straightneck squash are bumpy, almost like a pickle cucumber. The color cooks to a yellowish green hue and is simply not tasty as well as looking unappetizing. In 2011 I will be sure to shop early and get those Butterstick seeds!
Date published: 2010-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Super Squash" is Great! My only complaint is the name. How about calling it, "Super Straightneck Squash?" Super Squash is really easy to grow. Even my kids love the taste. I started growing it indoors from seed four weeks before transplanting outdoors using grow lights. Upon transplanting in my garden, it began producing lots of veggies, just three to four weeks later. Give enough room for Super Squash. I fertilized when I transplanted Super Squash outdoors and again when they started producing babies to further increase the yield. There is not much else to do, just let your kids, friends and family enjoy the great taste. Give it a try, then you too will call it "Super Squash!"
Date published: 2009-07-25
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