How to Grow Zucchini

Discover how to grow zucchini crops using plug plants with this simple step-by-step guide.

Zucchini Blossoms are Colorful and Edible

Zucchini Blossoms are Colorful and Edible

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Garden SXS

Materials Needed

  • zucchini plug plants
  • fertilized soil
  • mulch
  • watering can or garden hose
  • cloche (optional)

Step 1: Buy Plants

Buy Plugs with Healthy Root System to Plant

Buy Plugs with Healthy Root System to Plant

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Buy compact, green plants with a healthy root system. Water well and plant out or pot on immediately to avoid slowing their growth. Beware of buying zucchini and other half-hardy plants before the risk of frost has passed.

Step 2: Plant Zucchini

Remove Seedlings and Plant in Prepared Soil

Remove Seedlings and Plant in Prepared Soil

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Carefully remove each seedling from its packaging and, holding the root ball rather than the delicate leaves, plant them into prepared soil so that the top of the root ball is just below soil level.

Step 3: Mulch Around Seedlings

Mulch and Firm Around Seedlings to Finish Planting

Mulch and Firm Around Seedlings to Finish Planting

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Gently firm the soil around each plant so that it is stable, and water well to help it get established. Add a mulch of organic material around each plant (but not touching the stem) to retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Step 4: Protect Plants

Add Supports to Tender Young Seedlings

Add Supports to Tender Young Seedlings

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Label, and add supports for plants that need them as they grow. Cloches are often useful to protect young plants from cold and windy weather. Continue to water the plants regularly until they are established.

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