How to Grow Black Beauty Zucchini

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A zucchini is a type of squash known scientifically as Cucurbita pepo. It is a summer squash, meaning that growers harvest the immature fruit during the summer. A Black Beauty zucchini produces fruit with green-black skin and white flesh. The fruit can grow to 3 feet in length, although the ideal eating size is much smaller. Gardeners typically grow Black Beauty zucchini from seed by resowing them each year.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden trowel
  • Mulch
  • Select a planting site for Black Beauty zucchini in full sun. This plant grows well in a variety of soils as long as they have good drainage.

  • Build mounds of soil in the planting site that are at least 9 inches tall and have a diameter of 2 feet. Space the mounds for the Black Beauty zucchini at least 6 feet apart.

  • Plant the Black Beauty zucchini seeds in the spring after the last expected frost. Place 5 seeds in each mound of soil at a depth of 1 inch.

  • Give the Black Beauty zucchini seeds 1 inch of water per week to keep the soil moist but not wet. The seeds should sprout within 10 days.

  • Remove all but the three strongest Black Beauty seedlings from each mound when they reach a height of 3 inches. Apply at least 2 inches of mulch around the plants to help the soil retain moisture and eliminate the need for removing weeds.

  • Harvest Black Beauty zucchini when the blossom falls off the fruit, usually 62 days after planting. The fruits should not be longer than 8 inches to ensure they are tender. Continue harvesting as long as the plant continues to produce fruit.

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