There are people who are interested to know whether they can grow zucchini in their container garden. Well, the answer is definitely yes.
Choose The Container
Growing zucchini in containers is a great way to expand your growing area whether you have ground to grow or not. We have got a 15-gallon plastic nursery container that we’re going to plant zucchini. Zucchini is a heat-loving plant that you want to make sure you plant after all chance of frost is over.
They not only have a hole in the bottom, but they also have holes on the edges of the container which are great at allowing water to drain out even if your pot is sitting flat on the ground. That hole over the course of the summer ends up sealed off and doesn’t drain very well.
This will continue to drain if you use a decorative container. They will usually have holes in the bottom or you have to put the holes in the bottom. If you do, you may also go through the process of putting some holes in the side so that throughout the summer they will definitely continue to drain. This type of container is about fourteen inches deep.
Type Of Fertile Potting Soil To Use
I actually will buy two different potting soils when I do these jobs. I’ll buy a very inexpensive one the inexpensive one I bought is a little more chunky. I’ll use it in the bottom half of this container and it will help with drainage at the bottom of the container.
I’ll use a more premium product to put up towards the top. The main difference between the premium one with the non-premium one is the premium one has mostly peat moss and peat moss stays more consistently wet between waterings. So that’s very helpful especially when these things become rootbound in these containers throughout the summer. The peat moss will hold more water.
Choose The Right Seed
We are going to use black beauty zucchini or dark green zucchini where they will reach maturity between 50 and 60 days. If all goes well and it doesn’t get diseases such as powdery mildew, it will grow and become very bushy. That’s the advantage of growing zucchini in a container.
If you buy the zucchini seed from a garden store, make sure it says dwarf or compact or something like. Don’t buy a long vining zucchini plant in your container which is not suitable for you to plant in the container.
You can actually move your container around somewhere that you get more sunlight if necessary. If it becomes crowded among other containers, you can expand the growing space by just simply giving it more area. We are going to put two seeds in the center of the pot and we are going to use sand as a mulch.
I will take my chunkier potting soil to fill each of the containers in about halfway. And then I am going to fill up the upper half of the container with my peat-based potting mix. I pimped the soil down in the container and I’m going to plant the zucchini from seed.
We want to put these about a half-inch deep. So we’ll put two seeds to make sure one will grow and then we will wean off the weaker ones. You can use a water bottle or a soda bottle and cut it into a ring. What we’re doing here is we will use that as a marker for where those seeds are at.
Because mulch will greatly reduce the amount of watering that will be necessary for this container. Because it will allow the soil to retain that moisture instead of allowing it to evaporate out when the sun hits it.
So, I have just got regular ordinary sand and place them around the ring of the bottle. The reason I put that around is so I’m not covering the seed with sand. Once it emerges, then we can pull it out and backfill around it with some more sand.
So what this has done is like you go to the beach, the sand is dry on top but when you dig your hand underneath that sand, it is moist. It is the same concept here. The soil will stay moist because of the sand. The sand will repel the heat and hold the moisture in. Again, when the seeds emerge I’ll remove the ring and backfill around the seed stock to hold more moisture in.
A light dusting across the top of each container can just work perfectly. Then I can kind of work it in a little bit with my fingers. Being careful about this seeded container. I want to make sure when I water the containers, the fertilizer will goes straight down and doesn’t end up washing to one side or the other.
That’s why I’m mixing it in just a little bit so it’ll definitely fall down evenly through the container. I’ll reapply this every two to three weeks during the growing season. I will not fill the containers all the way to the very top with soil because when I water them, I don’t want the water running off the side. I want it to soak in so it has a little place for a reservoir.
I’ll put water in the container and I’ll give it a chance to soak in. The peat moss is dry in the bag and it takes several times watering them to get it wet. It will take a long time for it to dry out. I’ll probably be able to go three or four days before I need to water these again. By doing this three or four times to just letting it soak in between, they’ll start to demand more and more water.
When that happens, you may want to consider installing the automated irrigation system so that it can ease your watering job.
Therefore, growing zucchini in containers is a great way to expand your growing space whether you have ground to grow in or not.
Plant The Zucchini in A Pot
You can work with the zucchini plants in a pot. You can have two or more than two of the organic zucchini plants together in one pot when you start to plant. When it starts to grow, you can then transplant them and so they are on their own. We have successfully transplanted many zucchinis and they are doing really well.
Most of the time, I noticed that the roots of the little zucchini plant are working their way up through the soil and like most of you know, that’s a great sign. That means the zucchini is working out pretty well. It is looking for water, it’s getting bigger and healthier.
With all the roots looking like they found almost the way to the edge of the container, It would be a good idea to fill up the rest of the day and you can add again a potting mix with some worm casting. It can be an all-organic mix and you are going to see if you can work on the way up.
I normally will add in the soil mixture and I wouldn’t add too much. The plants will start to show their flowers. You can predict to harvest zucchini plants in between 42 to 52 days after planting.
So after we get the soil fill up to the top, I’m going to level it off and we’re going to give it good water once a week. I’ve also been adding a seaweed extract and I’ve been adding half a teaspoon to 1 liter of water and I’ve been doing that once a week.