Everyone has heard that green vegetables are super great for health which is certainly true. Out of all the green vegetables zucchini is fairly easy to grow and unlike other green vegetables, zucchini is quite popular too. In fact, it even sounds pretty good as compared to other green vegetables (LOL)!
Most gardeners have a misconception that zucchini grows by itself which is not fairly true. Yes, it does take a lot fewer efforts in growing zucchini but it doesn’t mean that there are no efforts required at all. You still need to provide daily care and maintenance to the zucchini plant if you actually want a good harvest.
Tips For Growing Zucchini
Just like any other plant zucchini also requires regular efforts but the amount of efforts required are much less than others.
Although growing zucchini is easy but many gardeners fail at obtaining a big harvest for this. This is because they aren’t well aware of the nature of this vegetable or tend to make mistakes in its growing process. By following a few tips a gardener can ensure a reliable, big and healthy harvest throughout the season with minimal wastages.
Plan Before You Start
Planning is very crucial in growing zucchini. It is the one and the only aspect which needs to be worked upon heavily for growing zucchini yet it is ignored by many.
Zucchini is a plant that should be grown in a cluster which means instead of planting a single plant at a certain place you should plant a couple of them close together in a way that they form a cluster. This is important because, in order to grow zucchini, squash flowers need to be pollinated. So the more you can get the more and better zucchini will be the end result.
Be Patient For Pollination To Occur
There is a simple rule for growing zucchini. If there is no pollination then there is no zucchini. Furthermore, pollination needs both male and female flowers to open at the same time, however, you will probably see a lot of male flowers and a little to no female flowers at the beginning growth stages.
This gets quite frustrating for zucchini growers, especially who are doing it for the first time because of no fruit and only flowers blossoming up. This is because only female flowers can bring up the fruit and the male flowers are for pollination purposes only. The key here is to be patient for the pollination to happen. If you are doing everything right then rest assured you will get the benefit. You just need to have the patience for it to happen.
And as you might be knowing, gardening is all about patience and hard work!
The Temperature Is Important Too
It should be noted that if you are ignoring temperature levels for growing zucchini then you are making one of the biggest mistakes. Zucchini can not survive cold temperatures and if you are planting it in the winter season then all your efforts are going to a complete waste because zucchini will die as soon as it grows.
Look Out For Pests
The pest problem is very common for vegetable gardeners and it prevails in the case of zucchini as well. The best way to deal with pest problem is to deal with it before it even happens as there is a high probability that it will definitely happen in the future.
A small pest problem is capable enough to destroy all your zucchini plantations because they are planted in a cluster form. You can deal with the pest problem using various methods. You can even take the use of integrated pest management in this case or can apply other pest control methods as well.
Prepare For The Next Harvest Right Away
Remember that zucchini grows very fast. Normally, a healthy zucchini grows in about 40-60 days! So there is no waiting for planning for the next harvest. You need to start planning for the successive planting right from when you make the initial planting.
Planting zucchini in a successive manner is quite beneficial for commercial gardeners and even for those who want zucchini on a large scale. But make sure that you keep the behavior of zucchini with weathers especially the cold one in mind as you don’t want to waste your efforts.