Zucchinis, also called summer squash, are easy to grow in Phoenix. They are part of the Cucurbitaceae family. Zucchini has two growing seasons in Phoenix. Plant zucchini in the fall and again in the spring. They can take a lot of space in your garden, but for this they produce three to ten pounds of produce per plant.
Phoenix Gardening Steps: Grow Zucchini
- When and how to plant zucchini
- What grows well near zucchinis and what doesn’t?
- How to care for zucchini
- Harvesting zucchini- When is the ideal time to pick zucchinis?
How to Plant & Grow Zucchinis in Phoenix
Zucchini are warm season plants. They take a lot of space in a garden, however they also produce a lot of zucchinis. Plant zucchinis in the months of July, August, February, March and April. Sow seeds under an inch of soil. Seedlings should appear within two weeks.
Zucchini plants can spread out four feet and gain a height up to two and half feet.
Companion Plants for Zucchinis
Zucchinis benefit from being planted near radishes and marigolds.
How to Care For Zucchinis
Light Requirements: Zucchinis need full sun or about 6-8 hours of sun a day.
Soil Requirements: Prefers fertile well-drained soil. Zucchinis like most vine crops prefer slightly acidic pH. The soil pH range of 6- 6.5 is ideal.
Water Requirements: Zucchini likes consistent moisture.
Provide Zucchinis with a trellis and train them to climb vertically to save space in the garden bed.
When to Harvest Zucchini in Phoenix
Zucchini plants take 60-90 days from the day of planting until harvest day. Zucchinis planted in the fall can be ready to harvest starting in October. Zucchinis if protected from frost could potentially offer harvests October through June.
When ready to harvest Zucchinis are usually six to eight inches in length.