The Q&A Archives: Yellow(summer) Squash

Question: This is my first year planting a garden and I have beautiful green and yellow squash and my green squash is producing wonderfully and with the tips I found hopefully will take care of the minor problems that I have but my yellow squash only has one fruit started on it. My question is do these fruits take longer to produce than the green squash and when is the best time to pick them as in size?

Answer: Different varieties of summer squash can certainly take different lead times; zucchini are usually among the first to produce. Harvest size is a matter of personal preference, but the small ones (say four inches long) are delicious and considered a gourmet item in many instances. The more you pick the more fruits the plant will produce. If you allow the squash to get bigger on the plant, the plant will produce proportionately fewer fruits. Keep an eye on them though because it seems like they grow literally overnight and in no time you can find one big tough old baseball bat in there!

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