Anyone who likes zucchini should know that you can easily grow it in your garden. Today we are going to talk about how to plant and harvest yellow zucchini, an ideal vegetable for health. In addition, it is a perfect plant for younger children to grow and become familiar with the environment.
If you want to know how you should plant yellow courgettes, read on.
- 1 Decide how you are going to plant your courgettes
- 2 Planting of courgettes begins
- 3 Zucchini plant care
Decide how you are going to plant your zucchini
The first thing you need to do is decide how you are going to start growing your zucchini. There are general methods such as sowing the seeds or you can buy a small plant to transplant it into your garden. Depending on the time or dedication you want to give it, choose one of these two methods. If you decide to start growing from scratch, the best option is to start the seeds 4 to weeks before planting them outdoors. If it must be said that it is more satisfactory to plant it from scratch, although it is easier and more practical to buy a plant already grown.
An important aspect to keep in mind is knowing when you should plant them. Zucchini are normally considered summer plants as they need higher temperatures . In addition, at this time of year they produce better fruits. Courgettes develop better in the sun than in cold soil, that is why you must take into account that the land where you grow it does not drop below 13 degrees. The best time to plant it is now. More or less in a couple of weeks just into spring, when there is no longer any risk of frost and temperatures are more pleasant for zucchini.
Find the perfect place to plant it. Normally zucchini grow best in a place with plenty of sun and plenty of room to sprout well. The area where you plant the zucchini should guarantee more or less 6-10 hours of sunlight per day and not have much shade. The land that you should choose to plant it has to be one that drains well, since the zucchini will flourish in a moist soil, not soggy.
As for the soil, you have to take into account that it has the necessary nutrients and a pH between 6 and 7.5.
Planting of courgettes begins
To avoid too much risk by planting the seeds directly in the ground outdoors, you can sow them in a pot at home and wait 4-6 weeks before transplanting them outdoors. Take seed trays, soilless potting mix and the seeds. Place a single seed in each tray, cover with 3mm of mix, then water well. You should place them in a place that receives sunlight and is at least 15 ° C. When the second set of leaves has sprouted, the young zucchini plants are ready to be transplanted.
To prepare the soil, make a hole and place the seed or seedling (if you have planted it at home) and cover it with a centimeter of soil so that it can absorb the amount of light and water necessary to germinate.
Zucchini Plant Care
Although yellow squash is not a plant that requires a lot of care, they will need some maintenance to keep them in optimal conditions to produce. You can remove the layer of weeds and place a layer of mulch to help fertilize.
To promote zucchini growth, you can attract insects to pollinate it or even pollinate it yourself. Choose a male zucchini flower, which you will recognize by its long, thin stem and a visible stamen in the center. Carefully remove the flowers from the stem and rub the stamen inside a female zucchini flower. The female flowers have short stems, a bulb located between the flower and the stem, and no stamen.
To harvest the courgettes you have to wait until they have grown at least 10 centimeters. When they are this size, they are ready to be picked. Harvesting them periodically will encourage more fruit production. So if you want a lot then take out all the zucchini when they are ripe. If you don’t have the need for that many, leave a zucchini or two on the plant during the growing season to decrease production. To harvest them, cut the fruit with a knife from the hard stem that joins it to the plant.