How To Grow Zucchini | Big and Small

So you want to know how to grow some Big Zucchini?

Honestly, I have found it is the easiest of all vegetables to grow.

Before getting started on how to grow a Zucchini, lets keep a few things in mind:

  • Make sure you have enough space to plant a Zucchini plant.  They can grow to be huge, and will “out shade” neighbors and kill them.
  • Zucchini’s wilt in the hot sun, so don’t freak out when they look half dead in the middle of a hot summer day.  They will rebound.
  • No need to plant more then one plant – they put off huge amounts of fruit.
  • Try and pick your Zucchini’s early, when they are small and succulent.
  • Early fruits can be wrinkled and rot due to bad pollination – don’t worry, the later ones will by sturdier.

Should I plant my Zucchini from seed of from seedlings?

That is somewhat of a preference.  If you live in an area where you have a shorter growing season, then you may want to start your plants early indoors.  You can just seed directly as well.

Sowing Zucchini Seeds Indoors

Sow your Zucchini seeds indoors, a month before winter ends in your region.  You don’t want to sow them too early, as they will wilt indoors when growing larger.

Take a small pot and fill it with soil, and place one seed 1/2 to 1 inch deep

Water regularly, but make sure your pot has drainage

After a month, your seedlings should be strong and ready for planting.  Make sure that the last chance for frost has passed.

Now you can gently take your seedlings from its pot, fluff up its roots, and then plant the zucchini vine into your garden.

Mulching plants helps keep moisture and suppress weeds. Mounding soil around the base of the plants can discourage squash borers from laying eggs.

Directly sowing Zucchini seeds

When directly sowing your seeds, plant at ½ to 1 inch deep into small hills, which help to warm the roots and provide proper drainage.

If you would like to learn more about how to grow Zucchini, check out this wonderful video: