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Black Beauty Zucchini Summer Squash Heirloom Seeds | Grow Black Beauty Zucchini


 
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Heirloom Zucchini Seeds | Summer Squash Seed Packets

This popular, very productive home garden and shipping squash variety matures in 50-60 days. Black beauty summer squash grows on semi-upright plants. Its glossy black-green fruits average 6-8" long and 2" in diameter and are best when harvested young.

The flesh of a black beauty summer squash is tender, creamy-white, and has a fine flavor. Great eating! Average: 56 days


Detailed planting instructions:

Most summer squash grow on compact vines, in contrast to the sprawling vines of most winter squash and pumpkins. Some varieties have interesting "water marks" on their foliage. Most summer squash varieties form a compact, bushy vine.

Squash like warm soil and are very sensitive to frost so don’t be in a rush to plant zucchini early in spring. Wait until danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed to about 70 F, or about 2 weeks after the last frost date.

Direct seed ½ to 1 inch deep into hills (which warm and drain earlier in the season) or rows. Sow 4 to 5 seeds per hill. Space hills 3 to 4 feet apart. When the plants are 2 to 3 inches tall, thin to 2 to 3 plants per hill by snipping off unwanted plants without disturbing the roots of the remaining ones. In rows, sow seeds 4 inches apart in rows 4 to 5 feet apart. Snip off plants so as to thin to one plant every 12 to 24 inches.

For extra early crops, start your seed packets inside in 2- to 3-inch pots or cells 3 to 4 weeks before transplanting outside. Sow 3 or 4 seeds per pot and thin to one or two plants by snipping off the weaker plants to avoid damaging the roots of those that remain. Harden off by cutting back on water and reducing temperature before transplanting. Plant transplants out in the garden about 1 to 2 feet apart after all danger of frost has passed.

To hasten first harvest by as much as 2 weeks, use black plastic mulch to warm soil before direct seeding or transplanting of your zucchini seeds. Early fruits are sometimes wrinkled, turn black or rot due to poor pollination.

At the end of the season, remove or till in vines to reduce mildew. Use row covers to protect plants early in the season and to prevent insect problems. Remove cover before flowering to allow pollination by insects or when hot weather arrives.

Mulching plants helps retain moisture and suppress weeds. Mounding soil around the base of the plants can discourage squash borers from laying eggs.


HARVESTING

Zucchini squash, summer crookneck and patty pan are the most common varieties of squash grown in the summer garden. These members of the squash and pumpkin families are prolific producers. They normally begin to produce about 50 days after germination, and it's important to know when to harvest to ensure that you have a steady supply throughout the summer.

Expect to begin harvesting your summer varieties of squash when they are immature. Winter varieties mature on the vine and develop a tough skin to facilitate better winter storage, but summer squash allowed to grow until large and gourd-like isn't good to eat. It's best to discard them or add them to the compost pile.

Check your summer squash as soon as you notice it blooming. Squash grows very
fast, and some squash is ready to pick a few days after it blooms. Check your garden every 1 to 2 days after that, because once it starts to producing, it continues steadily throughout the growing season. The more you pick, the more it will produce. For this reason, you may want to consider having only a few plants of each variety unless you intend to feed the whole neighborhood.

Harvest the elongated varieties of squash, such as zucchini and yellow squash, when they are about 6 inches long and 2 inches in diameter. The patty pan squash is best if picked when it's 4 inches or less in diameter. If you miss a day or two, and end up with larger squash, grate it and make bread or scoop it out and fill it with your favorite stuffing to bake.

Remove the squashes by cutting them from the vine with a sharp knife. They have very thin skins and bruise easily, so handle them gently. Wearing gloves is advisable, as the stalks may scratch or irritate your hands.

Store your squash in the refrigerator, unwashed. Moisture encourages decay of fresh vegetables, so place them in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper. If you have a large amount, place them in a plastic bag and handle them as little as possible to prevent bruising the delicate skin. They'll stay fresh for 3 to 5 days, under the proper storage conditions.

Scan for summer squash enemies while you are in the garden. The cucumber beetle and the squash bug are the two most common ones to look for. The cucumber beetle usually appears late in the growing season and may damage the mature fruit. Squash bugs begin to infest the vines as soon as the blossoms appear. They are usually in large groups and can damage the plant and the mature fruit. Check with your local gardening supply store for the proper course of treatment for these pests, because the sooner you get rid of them, the healthier your squash plants will be.

Consider harvesting squash blossoms, which are completely edible and are used in a variety of recipes, as well as eaten raw in salads. Use your sharp knife to harvest the blossoms or pick small squash with the blossom attached for an added treat. Gather them when the petals are open, leaving about an inch of stem intact. Use them within a day because they deteriorate rapidly once picked. They may last a few days longer if you rinse them and store them in ice water in the refrigerator.


SAVING SEEDS

Although best picked and enjoyed at their smallest possible size, “zukes” must be allowed to grow quite large to produce viable heirloom zucchini seeds. Other summer (non-storage) squashes, like summer crookneck, should also be left on the vine long past complete ripeness. Then cut them open, rinse the seeds well, and dry them in an airborne strainer or on a plate (not paper). When sample seeds can be snapped in half, store them in your envelope. Compost the remains.
Features
  • Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
  • Nutritional value: An excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, manganese, and potassium.


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Heirloom Seeds July 2, 2014
Reviewer: SRH2767 from Trenton, IL United States  
I bought a couple packets of seeds to see how they would do compared to the store bought brands and they are awesome!  Everything I grow is a vibrant, healthy plant!  I am an experienced gardener, and I even worked in the green house at Home Depot for 3 years, and these seeds are the best I've ever planted.  The packaging is also outstanding, in that the seeds are packed in Mylar and the seeds can be stored for up to 5 years!

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Outstanding July 2, 2014
Reviewer: Elaine from Prescott, AZ United States  
I received them very quickly and planted a few - which are already starting to sprout.  Your packaging cannot be beat!

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Wrong seeds in pack. June 27, 2014
Reviewer: Robert Smotherman from Rienzi, MS United States  
I ordered Zucchini they sent a pack that said it was Zucchini but they grew to be yellow squash. We did very much enjoy the yellow squash. lol

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Quality Packaging. Fast Shipping. June 22, 2014
Reviewer: Noah Gilcrease from Winnfield, LA United States  
I like the top quality packaging for these seeds and my germination rate has been excellent.

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seeds June 21, 2014
Reviewer: Michael Calvert from Pompano Beach, FL United States  
I received the package and the sealed seed packs as ordered. I can rate it only as far as the process to receive it and that went smoothly. I have this "seed bank" for a time when the society we live in has eroded and food is scarce. I suppose I should open a few of them and test them to make sure the seeds are good, but as in everything there is a level of faith and trust that goes along with life. I am choosing to trust these folks. So I will only write this as a general satisfaction and paste the same on all the others below. So look around and figure out who you are going to trust and buy from them. These probably deserve 5 stars but I will rate them as 4 due to the unknown factor. Be prepared!

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