Most summer squash seeds are hardy and can tolerate some frosts. Many varieties grow well even in the heat of summer. However, there are some varieties that do not do so well when the summer heat strikes. In fact, some can become damaged by the heat.
The seed packets for the summer squash seeds are usually sold in the late winter or early spring. Most of the time, they will give you just enough seeds to germinate. If it does grow well, you probably will not be very pleased with the quality or size of the plant. One of my more popular varieties of summer squash seeds is Early Prolific, a brindled yellow squash with a single layer of dark green leaves.
It starts out as small as one inch when it is still quite tiny. I have saved many cuttings from this plant because they grow well after I plant summer squash seeds. I usually plant them in a shaded area to help them grow out of sunlight. They will grow strong and healthy in the shade.
Two other great selections for saving summer squash seeds are African Violet and Scalloped Squash. I love these plants. I grew up eating the various varieties like Royal Gala, Belgian Yellow, Braeburn and Lemon Zucher. I had always planned on planting African Violets in my back yard. Since I live in an urban farm, it is hard for me to have access to many varieties of summer squash seeds.
These plants are native to Eastern Europe. They grow in dark soil with deciduous leaves. The flowers are large and have a fragrance that is pleasant. If you want to save your own summer squash seeds, be sure to get both types. They are not the same species, but the plants are similar.
Scalloped Squash is most popular in the southern United States. It is the smallest variety of squash out there. These plants are best planted in partial or full sun. They are tolerant of dry soil and do well in a raised bed if kept on top of the soil.
Red Bells, a cousin of the Bell's Eggplant, is a very popular variety to grow as a vegetable. It can tolerate being harvested dry or being partially dried. Harvesting once a year helps keep the squash healthy. These squash varieties produce small berries. The flavor is very mild, with only a hint of nutty overtones.
To preserve the winter squash, pick the berries before they turn red. This allows you to soak the rind to extract the juice. Once picked, squeeze the seeds to extract the juice. Juice will preserve the taste for up to three months. The majority of gardeners find that this is one of the best tasting vegetables they can grow, even though it doesn't taste like summer.
Summer squash include the various mixtures of breeds and colors of the coral, pearl, and sky fruit. These plants grow very quickly and have a high yield. The larger ones can be sold in the winter as acorn squash. The shell and soft interior seed coating to make them very easy to store. They can be stored in a cool dark place in a plastic container. Seedless coral and pearl produce large, sweet acorn squash.
Some varieties of summer squash plants will also grow well indoors. Basil, sweet pea, rock corn, and zucchini are all hearty plants that can be planted in the greenhouse. Growing these plants inside is easier than trying to grow them outdoors. The soil can be given an extra dose of fertilizer at the beginning of each growing season. Fertilizer is essential to help the plants grow.
Summer squash craves a high yield so it is important to ensure adequate watering or else they will get very little to produce. The main problems with Summer squash plants is that they do not grow too quickly once planted. The leaves may stop opening during the growing season. However, the best way to address this problem is to give them the required watering once a week throughout the growing season.
As the weather starts to heat up and the nighttime temperatures start to rise, the vine flower will begin to turn color. In order for your vine flower to stay healthy through the winter months you should make sure that it receives adequate amounts of light. During the winter months you should try to remove any dead leaves on the vine. If you take all precautions to ensure that your plant has a good chance of growing well throughout the winter then you should be able to harvest a nice crop of healthy Summer squash this year.