In the next process of how to grow zucchini, the gardener should know the correct technique and tips to grow the plants until it is ready to be harvested.
Caring for zucchini is relatively simple if it is done correctly.
Gardener shall ensure the plants are watered well and regularly. It also must be exposed daily in direct sunlight for about 6 to 10 hours a day.
To keep the plants well fed, gardeners might need to spray additional fertilizer every few weeks to keep zucchini healthy until it is ready to be harvested.
Also, gardeners should watch out for unwanted weeds on the soil where the zucchinis are planted. Keep out the weeds and protect the plants with mulch when it is deemed necessary.
If there are any dying parts of the plants, the gardener should quickly cut them off so it will not affect the growing process of any other part of the plants.
One thing to notice when the gardener is learning how to grow zucchini, the plant has male and female flowers. The male flowers generally have thinner and longer stems.
The male flowers are usually larger than the female ones. And the male flowers will come out early into the growing process and they will not produce the fruit.
The female flowers will come out later and they have ovary that will swell on the base of its stem. Bees shall fly into the male flowers and then the female flowers to allow them to have pollination.
The pollination will allow dust to be carried into the female flower and produce fruit on its stem.
If natural pollination by bees is not possible, the gardener can pollinate the plants by themselves by pulling the stamen into the female flowers.
The fruit will then grow and once its form is shaped, set them on different platforms so it will not grow on soil.
This immature fruit is the one that will be harvested and eaten when the time for harvest has come.
Planting Zucchini Vertically
There are many ways on how to grow zucchini. Zucchini can be grown indoors, outdoors, and even vertically.
Gardener needs a barrel that is about 20 gallons or more in volume, an egg carton, and a tall wooden post to support the growth of zucchini.
The steps of growing zucchini vertically are quite simple if it is followed thoroughly and correctly.
First, the gardener should prepare the soil and seeds beforehand. As growing zucchini horizontally, the soil shall be well-drained.
Once finding the right soil, the gardener can start preparing the seeds.
The seeds can be planted and sprouted indoors in a container a few weeks before planting the zucchini vertically. Once the seeds are sprouted, place them on a carton egg tray filled with soil mixture.
The next step is gardener should prepare a large container or barrel with a volume of 20 gallons or more. The gardener should place about two or three rocks on the bottom before filling them with soil.
Once ready, fill the barrel with soil and compost to ensure the growth of the zucchini seeds.
Gardener shall then plant the seeds that have sprouted into the soil and ensure it is placed where it will get direct sun.
The final step of how to grow zucchini vertically is to put three wooden posts on the barrel and tie them vertically together.
The post is then used to tie the stalks into the post once they have been growing. Do not tie them too tightly and ensure to start tying them from outside to the inside.
In a few weeks of the growing process, the gardener should take care of it by watering the vertical plants well and ensure it has minimal 8 hours of direct sunlight every day.
Watch Out for Pests and Diseases
As planting other plants, the zucchini plant will not be free from the disturbance of pests and diseases.
Common pests that will disturb the plants are bugs, squash borers, and beetles.
Gardeners can keep them away by hands or using a water hose. Squash borers will attack the plants on summertime in between June and July.
The pest will lay its eggs and destroyed the plants. Gardeners can avoid these pests attacks by covering each stem by aluminum foil.
How to Harvest Zucchini
A gardener might wonder how long does it take for zucchini to grow.
Zucchini plants or, to be exact its premature fruit, usually can be harvested about 50 to 65 days from it was first planted on the soil.
The fruit is usually 12 to 25 centimeters long when it is ready to be harvested.
Gardener shall know the correct way to harvest zucchini. Use a clean and sharp knife to cut off the zucchinis straight from its stem.
It is important to harvest the fruits as soon as it is ready as when it is let to grow further it will not taste as tasty.
Those are the guide and tips to grow zucchini in your own home or garden.
Gardener, especially beginner gardener shall prepare the seeds and soils for planting zucchini at least a couple of months beforehand.
Correct preparation will ensure the healthy and smooth growth of zucchini plants.
Gardeners should be careful in caring for the plants during the planting, growing, until the harvesting season to ensure the best harvest result of the plants.
Once harvested, zucchini can be consumed as additional vegetables for a lot of savory dishes. Zucchini will taste fresh in salads and as a garnish.
Zucchini can also be added into bread and deep-fried as tempura. The zucchini is highly nutritious and good for health as it contains very little calories or about only 17 kilocalories.
Growing zucchini in your garden can be a fun activity for family and the harvested zucchini can be consumed as a healthy meal for all family members.