Organic Black Beauty Summer Squash Seeds

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Black Beauty squash is a garden classic! These delectable smooth-skinned zucchini grow in abundance in a happy garden. This variety is prized for its compact growing habits and disease resistance.


Product Details

Weight

2G

Planting Season

Warm

Soil Temp

70° F+

Planting Depth

1"

Area to Sow

10' row

Days to Germ.

3-10+

Days to Maturity

50+

Best Planting Method

Direct or transplant

Thin to

Final spacing

Final Spacing

≥12" apart

Succession

30 days

Approx. Seed Count

18

Product Information

Black Beauty Summer Squash is a garden classic! These delectable smooth-skinned zucchini grow in abundance in a happy garden. Great for all gardeners! Fruits can be eaten as baby zucchini or allowed to grow larger for more durable fruits. This extremely prolific zucchini is great for freezing and adding to your soups and stir-fries in the wintertime. This variety is prized for its compact growing habits and disease resistance.

Planting by Zones

Zones 9-10

  • Squash should be grown in the warm season when soils are at least 70°F.

Zones 2-8

  • Direct seed in the spring once soils have warmed.

Planting Black Beauty Summer Squash

  • In Zones 9 and 10, you can direct seed or transplant out your squash. We recommend direct seeding into freshly irrigated soils.
  • To direct sow, plant seeds in debris-free, well-worked soil that has been deeply watered. Cover with 1″ of finely sifted soil.
  • If you are planting seeds in starter pots, plant seeds into thoroughly moist high-quality seed starting soil. Place seeds on top of the soil and cover with 1″ of finely sifted soil.
  • Once your squash has germinated and the first set of true leaves show, fertilize with an organic liquid fertilizer. When the plants are 3-4″ tall you can plant them out into the garden. Space at least 12″ apart.

Growing Black Beauty Summer Squash

  • Squash should be planted into deeply irrigated, fertile soil. In Zones 9 and 10, adding tons of compost will help create a healthy soil structure and keep soil moistures in.
  • Mulching heavily around your plants will also help with weed suppression and moisture retention.
  • Pollination is key to producing squash. You should hand pollinate your squash if you doubt you have good pollination.

Harvesting  Black Beauty Summer Squash

  • Squash is best harvested at peak ripeness. There are two ways to know that your fruit is ready, this is by knowing what kind of squash you are growing.
  • Summer Squash is eaten when it is young and tender. You want to be able to pierce the flesh of the squash with your nail.  These are crops like zucchini and scallop squashes among others.
  • Winter Squash is a squash that will mature with a hard outside and can keep for several months through the winter. Hence the name! These squash you want to fully mature on the vine.

Growing Squash in Containers

  • Squash plants like to grow across the ground but alternatively can be grown up a trellis if hanging fruit are supported. If growing in a container, make sure your container is at least 20″ deep. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture. Mulch heavily on the top layer of soil in the pot to keep the soil from drying out or heating up too much.

Southern California Pro-tips

  • Mulch heavily around your squash plants to ensure the soil does not dry out or overheat.
  • Do not overhead water as this promotes foliar diseases.
  • Grow at least two squash plants to ensure good pollination.

Companion Flowers/Crops

  • Squash are aggressively growing plants that look wonderful with cosmos, zinnias, and sunflowers. If you love the flavor of zucchini, try our Ronde De Nice Squash. It is similar in flavor and texture to zucchini but has a round shape, making it great for veggie lasagna.

Additional Learning Resources

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Product Details

Weight

2G

Planting Season

Warm

Soil Temp

70° F+

Planting Depth

1"

Area to Sow

10' row

Days to Germ.

3-10+

Days to Maturity

50+

Best Planting Method

Direct or transplant

Thin to

Final spacing

Final Spacing

≥12" apart

Succession

30 days

Approx. Seed Count

18

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