Germ 7-10 days
An old heirloom zucchini from the 1920's. The classic, black-green fruit is very productive with a firm flavorful interior, very tasty raw, picked right from the plant. Harvest under 6-8" for the best quality or pick extremely young for gourmet baby zucchini. 20 seeds.
Indoors - Plant in individual biodegradable peat/cowpots 1/2" deep, 3-4 weeks before last frost with soil temperature 70 degrees. Transplant 36" apart after last frost without disturbing the roots.
Outdoors - 1/2" - 1" deep after last frost, in warm soil at least 70 degrees. Sow a few seeds per space/hill with 24-36"
Harvest - Check and harvest a few times a week. Cut or kindly twist off fruit, starting at 3-4".
Tips - Plant in fertile soil amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth. Fertilize on a regular basis by watering with compost tea. Sow every few weeks for a continuous supply.