If your garden space is limited or you want to make the most of the space you have, bush-type Squash and Zucchini are the best choice. Compact 'Raven' won't sprawl in your garden, and the leaves have few of the irritating prickles that many Zucchini plants develop. The dark green fruits are especially shapely and uniform, too, and thanks to its French courgette parentage, the smooth-skinned, glossy squashes have consistently delicate-tasting and tender flesh, whether picked young with their pretty blossoms still attached or days later when they’ve put on some size. The plants are reliable, vigorous, and very early bearing, so in mild-winter climates, you can even make a second sowing. Plants mature about 42 days from transplant. For information on growing and care, click on Growing Guide.
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.
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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.