Zucchini's is a very rewarding plant. With a few plants you will have enough courgettes for the whole neighborhood.
Harvest courgettes at an early stage (15-20 cm), that's when they taste best. The courgette plant continues to produce new courgettes in this way.
Did you know that the flowers of the zucchini are also edible. Fried zucchini flowers are a real delicacy in Italy and Greece.
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Grow your own zucchini?
By growing zucchini from seed, the choice of the different zucchini varieties is much greater. Growing zucchini seeds yourself is not difficult and a lot of fun. If the courgette plant has a good location and sufficient nutrients, you can enjoy countless fresh courgettes after 3-4 months.
Popular zucchini varieties
Courgettes come in many more shapes, sizes and colors than the well-known elongated dark green courgette in the supermarket. The most popular zucchini varieties are:
- Black Beauty - non-vines with dark green courgettes
- Gold rush - compact plant with yellow courgettes
- Diamant or Diamond - shrubby plant with high yield
- The Nice or Di Nizza - round courgettes
Pick zucchini at a young stage for the best flavor, around 15 cm.
Sowing instructions zucchini seeds
Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions with answers about sowing and growing zucchini seeds yourself. Before sowing your seeds, always read the enclosed sowing instructions on the packaging for your specific zucchini variety.
How do I sow zucchini seeds? Growing zucchini?
It is best to pre-sow courgette seeds indoors from April. Zucchini seedlings are somewhat more difficult to transplant because of the roots, so sow each seed in a separate pot immediately. Press the zucchini seeds on their sides about 2 cm deep into the sowing soil. Sowing the oval seeds on their sides makes them much easier to germinate and less likely to rot. Then place the pots in a warm, light spot and keep the soil slightly moist. It is even easier to place the pots in a greenhouse, as the germination temperature of zucchini seeds is 20-22 ° C.
Once the seeds have germinated, you can store the seedlings in a cooler place. Start hardening off the zucchini plants in May by placing them outside in a sunny, sheltered place for 2 weeks during the day. As soon as there is no longer a chance of night frost, you can plant the plants in open ground. Maintain a mutual planting distance of more than 100 x 100 cm.
Water regularly, especially on hot days, and add extra fertilizer if necessary. After about 3-4 months you can harvest the first zucchini. Pick the courgettes at an early stage for the best taste, with most varieties this is when the courgettes are about 15cm long. By picking the courgettes young and regularly, you also stimulate new fruiting and you will enjoy the plants for longer.
When to sow zucchini seeds?
Sow zucchini indoors
Zucchini seeds can be pre-sown indoors in pots from mid-April to May. Press the zucchini seeds on their sides about 2 cm deep into the sowing soil.
Sow zucchini outside
If you want to sow the zucchini plants directly outside in the ground, do not start sowing until mid-May.
When do zucchini seeds germinate?
Zucchini seeds germinate after about 1-2 weeks, depending on the temperature.
What is the best germination temperature for zucchini seeds?
Zucchini seeds germinate at a soil temperature of 20-22 ° C.
How deep should I sow zucchini seeds?
Sow the zucchini seeds on their sides about 2 cm deep. Sowing the oval seeds on their sides makes them much easier to germinate and less likely to rot.
When can I transplant the zucchini seedlings?
Zucchini seedlings are somewhat more difficult to transplant because of the roots, so it is better to sow each seed in a separate pot immediately. If you are sowing the seeds outside in the garden, sow 2-3 seeds per hole and thin out later by leaving the strongest seedling standing.
How can I harden zucchini plants?
Start hardening the zucchini plants in May by putting them outside in a sunny sheltered place for 2 weeks during the day.
What is the planting distance for zucchini plants?
Maintain a mutual planting distance of more than 100 x 100 cm. Plant several zucchini plants together so that they can pollinate each other.
What is the best location for zucchini plants?
Zucchini plants like a warm, sunny and sheltered place. Water the soil sufficiently on hot days.
How do I take care of zucchini plants?
Place zucchini plants in a warm, sunny but sheltered spot. Water regularly and do not let the soil dry out. If the soil is poor, you also need to add extra fertilizer.
What is the best soil and / or soil type for zucchini plants?
Use nutritious, well-draining potting soil. If necessary, fertilize during the growing season.
When can I harvest the zucchini?
You can harvest the first courgettes in August-September, about 3-4 months after sowing. Pick the courgettes at an early stage for the best taste, with most varieties this is when the courgettes are about 15cm long. By picking the courgettes young and regularly, you also stimulate new fruiting and you will enjoy the plants for longer.