How to Grow Zucchini Plants

Fresh, homegrown zucchini is wonderful right off the vine or grilled as part of a light summer dish. 

Zucchini Forms Behind the Female Flower

Zucchini Forms Behind the Female Flower

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide
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Materials Needed

  • zucchini seeds of choice
  • small gardening pots
  • watering can
  • large containers or beds

Step 1: Plant the Seeds

Sow Zucchini Seeds Indoors in Small Pots

Sow Zucchini Seeds Indoors in Small Pots

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sow seeds indoors, 1-inch deep into small pots to avoid disturbing the roots when planting them out later on.

Step 2: Grow Indoors

Allow Zucchinni Seedlings to Grow 4 to 6 Weeks

Allow Zucchinni Seedlings to Grow 4 to 6 Weeks

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Grow them indoors in a greenhouse or on a bright windowsill. They will be large enough to plant out after four to six weeks, so don’t sow too early.

Step 3: Take the Plants Outside

Harden Off and Plant Zucchinni Plants After Frost

Harden Off and Plant Zucchinni Plants After Frost

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Harden off, and plant out once the risk of frost has passed. To avoid root damage, water the plants first so they slide more easily from their pots.

Step 4: Plant Into Containers

Plant and Firm In Around Zucchinni Plant

Plant and Firm In Around Zucchinni Plant

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant into containers or beds, and keep them well watered throughout the growing season. Larger containers retain moisture more effectively.

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