Zucchini is a vegetable that is very healthy and delicious. It is used in many recipes, and even you can eat it on its own. To grow your Zucchini seeds, you will need a large garden or area. However, you can also plant the Zucchini in pots, and you will see its benefits.
To plant in pots, buy a five-gallon pot to plant in it, choose a sunny location to keep your plant, and water it every day so that your plant will grow.
Here are some guidelines to pot your Zucchini plant:
1. After the last frost of the year has passed, now you can plant your Zucchini
The area where you live determines the time you will plant your Zucchini. Whatever time and season you choose to plant your Zucchini, make sure that the temperature of that time does not go below freezing.
Simply put, do not plant your Zucchini in cold temperatures as it can kill your plant.
- For instance, to plant your Zucchini, the temperature range should be about 60°F to 70°F
- If you own a greenhouse, then you can plant your Zucchini there at any time.
2. Buy a pot that can hold five gallons (19litres) with drainage holes
Zucchini possess deep roots that can go far into the soil. So to plant your Zucchini in a pot, the pot has to, at least, hold five gallons (19litres) of soil in it.
And also, it must have holes at the bottom in order for water to drain out. When you purchase it, make sure you have an area like a backyard area or a porch to keep the pot.
3. Fill the pot with soil till it is one inch (2.5cm) from the top
Make use of soil with soil ingredients like peat moss, perlite, and compost. Fill up the pot with soil, so only one inch at the top is free of soil.
Moderately pack your soil, not too loose or tight, so that Zucchini roots can move through the soil.
- For this type of soil, you can visit your local garden store or a hardware store to buy it.
- When you want to touch your soil, do well to wear your gardening gloves.
4. Make an inch hole into the soil using your finger
At the center of the pot, use your pointer finger to dig out a hole in the soil.
The hole should be about one inch (2.5cm) wide so your seed can fit in. When digging the hole with your finger, make sure to wear gardening gloves.
5. Plant two seeds in the hole and cover it with half-inch of the soil
One seed is not enough to plant as it might not make it function. So it is better to plant two seeds to ensure that at least one Zucchini plant grows.
Place the seed in the hole you have created and cover them up with half-inch of the soil.
- If you are unsure that your seeds will grow, you can use Zucchini starts. You can purchase these starts from your garden store.
6. If your Zucchini is a type that needs a stake or a tomato cage, you can add it to it.
Varieties of Zucchini such as the Black Forest are climbers; that is, as they grow, their vines grow upward. So to see whether your Zucchini is a climbing type, check your seed pack or your start label.
If they are, put a four-foot wooden stake or possibly a tomato stake next to the start that you have planted to encourage it to grow upwards.
7. Choose a location where your Zucchini can get at least eight hours of sunlight
Zucchini like getting sunlight, and more so, the sun they get makes them grow. So when you want to place your pot in a location, put it where they can get at least 8 hours of sunlight in a day.
You can consider putting them in an area facing the south because it is where you get the most sun daily.
8. Water your Zucchini everyday
Your soil in which your Zucchini should be planted must be moist every time.
To make it moist, water the pot once a day and water it at the base of the plant and not the leaves. If the leaves are wet, they are open to infections.
For dry seasons like the summer, you need to water it about two times a day to keep the soil moist.
9. In each month, fertilize your Zucchini plant
Add a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer to the soil to boost the nutrients of your plant. Add the thin layer of fertilizer evenly to your topsoil. Do not cover up any growing starts or shoots.
- You can purchase your fertilizer from the garden or hardware store.
- The 10-10-10 fertilizer has even portions of essential nutrients of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
- To also boost the nutrients, you can use compost instead of fertilizers.
10. To chase away pests, spray pesticide like the peppermint spray on the Zucchini leaves
Pests such as aphids, vine-boring beetles, spider mites, and love to destroy your Zucchini plant.
To chase away these pests, spray the peppermint mixture (one gallon of water mixed with one teaspoon of peppermint oil plus a drop of dish soap) on your plant when they are damp.
- The best time to apply your peppermint spray is in the evening. During this time, it will evaporate quickly.
- The peppermint smell chases away insects and pests.
11. When your seeds are 8 inches tall, cut back the small seedlings
Your pot can only accommodate one Zucchini plant. So when one of the seedlings is about 8 inches, cut back the smaller ones with scissors to hold it from growing.
Doing this will allow the nutrients to be directed to only one Zucchini plant.
- When cutting your seedlings, use your scissors to cut them and not your hands. Using your hands can tear and damage the plants.
12. Pick your Zucchini when it is six inches (15cm) long
It takes 45 to 60 days to grow Zucchini. The Zucchini plant will grow till the cold season where it dies off again. And if your Zucchini is left for too long, they start to rot.
13. Cut your Zucchini at the base of your plant with scissors
Ensure you have sharp scissors. Please do not use your hand to bend or twist the Zucchini, as it can be damaged.
Simply grab the fruit gently and make sure it does not fall. To protect your hands, wear gardening gloves.
- Instead of scissors, you can use a sharp knife carefully
- Ensure you have clean scissors by washing, scrubbing with soap, and then rinse before using them.
14. Store your Zucchini in the fridge for one to two weeks
After you pick your Zucchini, it stays fresh for weeks. To store your Zucchini, put it in a paper bag, leave the top open, and put it in the crisper of the fridge.
- Then you can use your Zucchini to make bread, noodles or you can eat it raw.
When you properly pot your Zucchini plant, you will reap its reward! Thank you so much for your time reading this article; if you some questions, please leave your comment below, and I’ll be happy to write back to you.