Black Beauty Zucchini Squash
Days to Full Maturity: 48 Days
Non-GMO – Heirloom – High Germination Rate
Minimum Seed Count: 10
Black Beauty Zucchini is a wonderful dark-green turning to nearly black when fully mature that many people know and love. This popular and very productive zucchini squash variety matures in about 48- 55 days. Black beauty grows semi-upright, semi-spineless with an open growth habit. The glossy black-green fruits average 8″ long x 2″ in diameter and are best when harvested young. Black Beauty Zucchini has glossy black-green fruits best harvested when young about 6-8” long. This fruit’s tender flesh is firm creamy-white and has a fine flavor which makes for great eating. It’s delicious fried, baked, stir-fried, added to soups, omelets, lasagna, and great for making zoodles.
How to grow:
Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their squash seeds indoors a month before the last expected frost. Since squashes do not take well to transplanting, peat pots are the best option. Plant two seeds per pot, later clipping off the weaker seedling. Harden the seedlings by exposing them to the weather for several hours at a time during the week before transplanting. About a week after the last frost or when the soil temperature reaches an average of 65 degrees F, plant the seedlings in very rich soil 8-10′ apart in rows 10-12′ apart. Another option is to plant the seedlings in hills of two, 8-10′ apart. To direct sow, plant the seeds when the soil temperature reaches at least 70 degrees F. Plant them 1/2″ deep, 3-4′ apart and thin to 8-10′ apart. For companion planting benefits, plant squashes along with corn but avoid planting them with potatoes.