zucchini growth - Knowledgebase Question

fort collins, Co
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Question by tippyone
June 3, 2007
I am new to gardening and am wondering how long it takes for zuccini & crookneck squash to start producing? I know the leaves get very large, how long before that usually happens?

Answer from NGA
June 3, 2007
Summer squash (both zucchini and crookneck) usually grow at least 15 leaves before setting flowers. Often the first flowers are male, and will not produce fruit. You can tell whether a flower is male or female observing the stem attached to the flower; a female flower will have a small swelling at the base of the flower. The swelling will turn into a full-on fruit. If there is no swelling, and only a prickly stem is present, this is a male flower.

Be sure to harvest your squash when they are small (about 6 inches). They will be tender and tasty with smaller seeds. Enjoy!

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