Cocozelle Zuchini Summer Squash Seed
This open pollinated, rich flavored Cocozelle zucchini summer squash features slender fruits with light and dark green stripes on smooth, thin skins.
Outstanding flavor with dense flesh. Harvest when less than 8″ long. Cocozelle is an old Italian heirloom that was called Cocozella di Napoli in the 1800s.
A farming trick to keep up a regular harvest and reduce disease pressure is to plant successions 3-4 weeks apart in different locations and pull out older plants mercilessly after 4-5 weeks of harvest. Otherwise, they can become hosts to mildew, squash bugs, and vine borers.
30 seed per packet sows about 10 hills. 83% germination.
Culture: Tender, will not survive frost. Sow in hills 4' apart, 5 seeds/hill. Thin to 2 or 3 best plants. Floating row covers, especially when used in low tunnels, provide extra heat and can hasten maturity by 1 to 2 weeks.
Male blossoms typically precede females by about a week. Females have a bulge at the base of the blossom, an early stage of the fruit forming. In early summer, a combination of cool, cloudy weather and declining bee populations may result in poor pollination causing low yields.
Make succession plantings to ensure harvest through the entire frost-free season, insurance against powdery mildew and other diseases tiring old plants. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal temperature range 70 to 90°, optimal temperature 85°.
Days to maturity are from direct seeding.
Taste: Unless you want to stuff them, for best flavor pick squash when they are small. Squash blossoms are a delicacy so you can harvest male blossoms when fully open for salads or stuffing. but don't pick them all at once because you may not get any squash at all!