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Days To Maturity
The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.
The average size of the fruit produced by this product.
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.
The width of the plant at maturity.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
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
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-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for 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.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
Squash, Summer Green Tiger Zucchini Hybrid is rated
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Rated 4 out of
Beautiful striped zucchini!I planted zucchini for the first time this year, one striped and one plain. The striped looks so great in the garden and it tasted great too. These produced a lot of zucchini, every few days I was picking one. Unfortunately the squash bugs got to it and I gave up fighting it and pulled it in August. I'm trying to be organic and not use pesticide if possible although I sprayed it twice with an organic insecticide, which didn't do much to the squash bugs. I'm jealous of those who were able to continue producing into October. Guess I need to figure out something better for next year.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of
Colorful and easyI tried this squash about 5 yrs ago. While it is easy to grow, I LOVE the colorful stripes. It can go in all your favorite recipes.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of
A Surprise Variety in the GardenThanks to this informative website and helpful photos I was able to easily identify the one surprise Summer Squash Green Tiger Zucchini plant that grew among my Black Beauty variety that I planted this summer. We enjoy the uniqueness of this one plant seed that must have made its way into the Burpee seed package we purchased at our local Menard's. We will now know to look for this variety in the future, as we are very much enjoying its produce. Thank you for the fun addition to our summer garden.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of
Greatest zucchi!I tried different zucchini plants every summer. However since I bought this Tiger zucchini in Burpee website about 4, 5 years ago as it looked beautiful, I never had to try any others. I grow Tiger every summer. Germination was very good. I saved seeds left over for the following year because I did not use all seeds.
It produces a lot, I could not use them all, and give to friends, co-workers. It is very strong, produces all summer, and until Oct. when other plants already stop producing, or die.
Tiger is the best zucchini.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 1 out of
zip... but I blame the honey bee shortageThese germinated well, grew okay, produced many blossoms, then never made any actual zucchinis. None. I planted 3 plants in full sun, in soil amended with manure & compost. Watering & rain was regular & plenty. Other stuff in the garden grew well. I saw bumble bees and sweat bees in the vicinity on a regular basis, but no honeybees this year, and I think zucchinis really depend on honeybees. I've been too busy, particularly in the morning, to hand pollinate. This is the only zucchini I attempted as I have a small vegetable garden and had to choose only one, so I have no idea if another would've fared better or not. The other reviews seem to suggest this is a robust variety, so my experience may be entirely honey bee related.
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5 out of
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Old reliable, and pretty too.I have grown a lot of zucchini, but this is my first year for Green Tiger. I have had a very good yield--not spectacular, because of its more compact nature. I will be planting more next. These have been my reliable zucchini plants this year.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of
So pretty your neighbors will want themThis is my first year with this zucchini. It's about 2 feet tall, but the spread in my garden is quite wide, 4 or 5 feet in diameter. However, it is not vining; it's growing vertically, while the bottom leaves reach out.
The zucchini are beautiful, and no matter how big they get, they seem to remain mostly seedless. I make a summer soup with zucchini, and I find that the Green Tiger gets tender without being watery. It maintains a nice sweetness and density without being tough at all. Sort of amazing.
The only problem I had was initially some blossom end rot. We had some terrible storms this year, and watering was uneven. However, I treated with a scattering of epsom salts to help the zucchs take up calcium, and seem to have solved the problem.
I highly recommend this variety.
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 5 out of
Amazing Yield and Wonderful TasteThis is only my second year with a garden so i've stuck with the easier to grow varieties. Squash did wonderfully in my garden last year so I decided to break away from the "average" zucchini. It's a huge plant, but I find the size of squash plants to be beautiful so it's a plus for me despite the space they take up. The plants are producing about three zukes a week and no matter how big they grow to be they are still delicious. I had one almost to the size of a two liter bottle and it was wonderful. I have about size plants. Planted about ten seeds.