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summer squash growing

Summer Squash

General information

  • Cucurbita pepo, Summer Squash
  • Cucurbitaceae family
  • Sunlight: full sun.
  • Soil Conditions: requires well-drained soil, high fertility.
  • Grows well in container.


Successful Cultivars

  • Black Beauty (50 days) Glossy, black-green, creamy white flesh.
  • Golden Zebra (50-60 days) Bushy plant, golden and white fruits. (pictured here)
  • Sunburst (55 days) 2-3" yellow, scallop shape.


Common Pests & Diseases

  • Squash bug (pictured here)
  • Squash vine borer
  • Striped Cucumber Beetles
  • Bacterial wilt
  • Powdery mildew
  • Downy mildew
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This publication was created by Master Gardeners Rick Judd and Gail Hermenau. Photos courtesy of Gail Hermenau.

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