How to Grow Zucchini Plants

Zucchinis are a winner for being one of the quickest — and easiest — members of the squash family to grow.

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4. Keep soil moist.

Zucchini plants need constantly moist soil, so bury a 6-inch (15-cm) pot that has holes in its base next to the plant. Frequently water into the pot so that the water will flow directly to the roots.

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5. Fertilize zucchini plants.

When the first flowers begin to form, feed the plant every 10 to 14 days with a tomato fertilizer and some compost tea. Be careful to avoid overfeeding.

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6. Harvest zucchinis.

When the zucchinis are 4 inches (10 cm) long, cut them at their base. This will encourage more zucchinis to grow on your plant. A fungus called powdery mildew can appear on zucchini plant leaves. Prevent this by keeping your plants well-watered, fed and with space around them for good airflow.

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Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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