Fordhook Zucchini Summer Squash Seed

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Such a versatile vegetable! Classic, cylindrical, dark green zucchini are straight-to-slightly curved. The flesh is tender, creamy-white and freezes well. Vigorous and productive (and we mean productive) bush-type plants are studded with beautiful edible blossoms that can be stuffed/fried as a gourmet delicacy. A must in any kitchen garden. Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.

  • Days to germinate: 7-14
  • Days to maturity: 57
  • Start indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost. Sow ½” deep in sterile planting medium.
  • Transplant spacing: 24-48”
  • Sow outdoors after the last frost.
  • Seed spacing: 24-48”
  • Seed depth: 1”
  • Produce size: Best picked when 6-8” long
  • Yield: Up to 20 lbs. per plant
  • Mature plant height: 24”
  • Suitable for container growing: Yes
  • Year of discovery: Formally introduced in 1942, but has likely been in existence for 100+ years.

Tools & Supplies

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Prolific grower.
Timohty K on Feb 25, 2020
Prolific grower.
Timohty K on Feb 25, 2020
Will ford hook bush type zucchini climb a trellis?
Sarah C on Apr 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it's a bush-type. Any non-bush type will climb a trellis, but you would need to secure the vine to the trellis because the fruit is so heavy.

Customer Reviews

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Plant it, harvest a bunch
I mistakenly brought in 3 yards of horse manure 2 year ago and my garden grew a lot-endless, grass and all kind of weeds in the last two years. I bought this Zucchini seed because I believed it can fight to grow well.
Yes, I were not disappointed. I planted just 5 and so far I have got over 20 big one, average 4 ponds and I can tell the plants are still producing up to now September 11th in Washington State. The good thing is that even my garden have so much weeds and grass, also cucumber running around, all fighting each others, this Zucchini can grow so good. I do nothing except just to pick the produce. I am very happy with it.
September 11, 2019
over 2 years ago
Needs calcium/gypsum and hand-pollination
I had just two plants which spread about 5' wide and ended up giving me 8-12 huge zucchini, mostly from 1 plant. However, my plants aborted at least 10 other zucchini. At first, I assumed the flowers were not being pollinated. The female flowers were always full of ants which can scare away the bees. I did some hand-pollination with no change in outcome. I then sprinkled some gypsum at the base of the two plants and they began to produce the way most people are used to for zucchini. Eventually, though, the plants both completely rotted at the base. Next year I will probably mulch underneath and start with gypsum mixed in at the base of the plants. I think I will continue to hand-pollinate unless there are fewer ants next year.
October 10, 2018
over 3 years ago
Great germination!
I must have gotten a plant for every seed I planted! Germination was 100%, and they produced nice, healthy plants. Lol, until the squash bugs took over! I have more seeds and will plant again in a different spot!
July 14, 2019
over 2 years ago