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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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    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
57 days
Fruit Size
6-8 inches
Full Sun
48-60 inches
24-30 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
18 inches
Squash, Summer, Fordhook Zucchini is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 19.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good Vigorous plants that are easy to grow. Very tasty a true keeper in my garden.
Date published: 2010-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2010-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2009-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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 great
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2008-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice, uniform zucchini This year I have about 20 zucchini growing on the plants at the same time. I think I overcrowded at planting time, but the plants are doing great. They are all the same shape and size, and they are not prickly or fuzzy like some types. They will work great for stuffing, baking, and grilling.
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Than We Could Give Away I couldn't believe how well these produced. I love zucchini but we were running out of ideas for how to use it all up by the end of the summer, and we only planted 4 plants. The taste was great and my kids loved it too. Even with a late drought it still produced.
Date published: 2007-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent bush type This zucchini has good growing characteristics, whether planted in rows or beds. Bush type plants produce over an extended period of time. Plants prefer a loamy well drained soil and a ph of 6.4 to 7.0. Mulching helps to control weeds and conserve moisture. Germination rates are typically 85-90%. Seeds can easily be saved from an unblemished zucchini left to mature on the plant.
Date published: 2007-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the plants performed well, survivng a bit of a drought without a problem, but they didn't yield very well. I'd recomend sweet zukes, as they were a much higher yielder.
Date published: 2006-08-15
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