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PlantFiles: Zucchini, Courgette, Summer Squash
Cucurbita pepo 'Dark Star'

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Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dark Star

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Type:
Zucchini (summer)

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Days to Maturity:
51 to 60 days

Mature Skin Color:
Medium Green

Size:
Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)

Habit:
Bush

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Pitcom On Mar 26, 2011, Pitcom from Avondale, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Very prolific grower for me. Did well even with heat reaching 105 degrees last summer. The flavor is excellent when picked small, and is ideal for fresh salads. The larger it gets on the bush the more bland the flavor starts to become. Puts out a large number of squash flowers if you are one who likes to eat those. The leaves on this plant get much larger than some other varieties and can reach 30" tall, so be sure to space properly. One of my garden staples.



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