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Grow the zucchini in pots: a guide for the cultivation of zucchini in pots, so as to make it possible to grow zucchini on the balcony or terrace.
Growing the zucchini in pots is very simple, it is a vegetable that lends itself well to cultivation on the balcony or in the garden even if it needs containers of a certain depth.
Variety of zucchini or zucchini
Thezucchini varies in shape and color of the peel, thevariety of zucchini the most common are the elongated ones, but we can also mention the Nero di Milano courgette with dark and uniform skin, the Florentine courgette, the pear-shaped Sechio variety with thorny quills and the Patitisson of different colors (yellow, orange, light green or dark) and, very popular, the round courgette.
There courgette that best suits the cultivation in pots it is the “Baby Round”, with a production of small round fruits which are harvested when they reach a diameter of 5 cm.
For a larger terrace, it is also possible to grow the “yellow courgette” variety, which produces golden yellow fruits with very thin skin: just plant the seedling in a wide and deep pot at least 45 cm. Also itclimbing courgette "Tromboncino d’Albenga" can be grown in pots, the plant produces very long fruits which, when picked when they are about 15 cm, can also be eaten raw.
The round courgette is particularly suitable for cultivation in pots, as the less voluminous fruits do not invalidate the plant's prosperity.
To choose the variety of zucchini that best suits your needs, you can contact the agricultural consortium of trust, or visit "this Amazon page" where the seed cards (sowing period, temperature necessary for germination ...) of the variety of zucchini are collected that you can grow in pots.
How to grow zucchini in pots
ThezucchiniYes they cangrow in potsas long as you use deep containers. You can use a raised vegetable garden or a box or a planter, the important thing is that it is a container that is wide and at least 30 - 40 cm deep, the dimensions increase to 45 cm for the most demanding climbing varieties.
Throughout thecultivation of zucchini in pots, you will have to keep the soil moist but free from stagnation.
What soil to use? To maximize the production ofzucchini in pots, the use of a soil rich in organic matter is recommended, how to do it? Mix the universal soil you find in shops (Leroy Merlin, Garden Center, Ottimox, Amazon, Vivaio, Agrarian Consortium….) With pelleted manure that will work as a slow release organic fertilizer.
At the time of flowering ofzucchini plants, add some mineral fertilizer.
How to grow zucchini from seed
For cultivation we can use seeds or seedlings available in nurseries or consortia.How to sow zucchini? The seeds must be buried from April to June, when the temperature remains constant above 20 ° C. 2 or 3 of them are planted for each pot, vertically in the ground and with the narrowest part facing downwards: it is good to grow only one plant per pot. This means that you will have to transfer the grown plants to other pots or sow in seedbeds and then plant the stronger plants alone.
Grow the zucchini in pots
Thoroughly irrigate the zucchini seedlings to avoid the prevalent formation of sterile male flowers, taking care not to wet the leaves: it could cause the onset of fungal diseases. During growth it is good to fertilize the soil with nettle macerate for an organic garden.
Attention topowdery mildew, a disease that most commonly affects courgette plants, manifests itself with whitish spots on the underside of the leaves.
Thezucchinithey are plants that need good sun exposure. Thezucchini plants in potsthey must be kept in an area facing south, so as to maximize the hours of light.
Ingrow zucchini in pots, keep in mind that the water contained in the soil of the container evaporates very quickly and the vase itself will tend to overheat in the sun. For this reason the irrigations must be more constant.
When the soil is irrigated, however, the water also causes soluble nutrients to flow away (which come out of the drain hole together with excess water, or evaporate), which is why I recommend adding manure to the soil. pelleted and, when you notice the first flowers on the plants, add some mineral fertilizer.
Cultivation in pots, precisely due to the aspect of water and nutrient management, is more delicate and complex than cultivation in the ground. When you want to grow zucchini in pots (but this applies to all vegetables), keep in mind that the greater height of the pot will allow you to keep an ideally cooler soil.
The possibility ofgrow zucchini on the balcony or terrace, becomes even more prosperous if you consider setting up a raised garden. The raised garden partially mitigates the problem of nutrients and water management. For all information on the subject, I invite you to read the guide: how to build a raised vegetable garden.
Curiosity: is it courgette or courgette?
As you may have noticed, in the article I used both the feminine and the masculine form indiscriminately, but what do they say, courgette or courgette? The correct form, as reported by theAccademia della Crusca, is the male one (thereforezucchinifor the singular andzucchinifor the plural), however, even the wordcourgetteit is recognized in Italian dictionaries. With the wordzucchiniit refers to the vegetable while with the female equivalent, it denotes both the plant and the fruit.