The fruits of 'Bush Baby' are adorable little Squashes, dark green with gray-green stripes. True baby Zucchini, these darlings grow 4-6in in only 35 days from transplant. The compact plants are ideal for small-space gardening or containers, and have an open form making harvest easy. The delicate, nutty flavor of this Squash shines through when steamed, sauteed, or stir-fried. Pick when 2-3in and steam with sweet Onions, then coat with butter and sprinkle with Dill. For information on growing Squash, click on Growing Guide.
Our stocky seedlings are grown and shipped in 3in pots that are a full 4in deep, so the plants you receive have strong, well-developed root systems. Full instructions for planting and care included.
SHIPPING GUIDELINES FOR STARTS -- Hardiness Zone 7-9: shipping starts late April. Zone 2-6: shipping starts mid-May.
Please Note: These shipping guidelines are based on normal weather conditions within your zone. We begin shipping to the warmest zones first and then work our way to the colder zones. Due to weather, growth requirements, and quality, we cannot ship your plants outside of these shipping guidelines.
Every state has agricultural regulations that restrict the shipment of certain plants. We are sorry, but we cannot ship this item to the following state: GA
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Jackie in NC from Piedmont area in Western NC
I harvested two nice zucchini exactly 35 days after I planted the little plant. It is now 1-1/2 months after that first harvest and the plant is still setting fruit and producing flowers. There are usually several new flowers each morning and most set fruit. The pith doesn't seem as watery as the usual, generic green zucchini. The fruit has a great flavor, both raw and cooked. It makes wonderful zucchini bread.
The plant doesn't run like a vine, but it does get BIG. Mine is about 8 feet across, so allow plenty of room for it. I control the powdery mildew with a 10% solution of milk in water, so it hasn't affected growth or fruit production.
When the weather is warm and settled, choose a planting location in full sun with rich, fertile soil and good drainage. To reduce soil-borne diseases, plant Squash, Pumpkins, and Cantaloupe where you haven't grown them in the past 3 years.
If rain is scarce, water your Squash, Pumpkin, and Cantaloupe plants deeply and regularly (weekly, or more often in hot, dry weather).
Mulch plants to keep them evenly moist and weed free. Side-dress with compost or 5-10-10 fertilizer when the plants are about 6in tall and again when they start to bloom.
As fruits begin to form on the Pumpkin plants, thin them to two fruits per vine.
Harvest the fruit of Summer Squash and Zucchini while they are still small (6-8in long) and tender by cutting, not pulling, the fruit from your plants. Harvest Winter Squash before the first frost, also by cutting, leaving a couple inches of the stem attached. Then cure its fruit in a warm, well-ventilated location for 7-14 days before storing.
Harvest Cantaloupe when fruit breaks away easily from the vine.
Harvest Pumpkins before frost, when at least half of the fruit has good orange color. Leave 4-5in of stem attached.
Store Winter Squash and Pumpkins at 50-70°F out of direct sun.