You can consider growing Zucchini in container if you really love Zucchini and you’re short on gardening space. The truth is that zucchini plants can take up a lot of space but growing them in container gardens on your patio or balcony is not really difficult as you might think. Continue reading to learn more about growing Zucchini in container.
How to Plant Zucchini in Containers
A container with a diameter of about twenty-four inches and a minimum depth of about twelve inches is best for growing zucchini. Although any type of container works well as long as it has at least one good drainage hole in the bottom. You can use a large, plastic storage container with drainage holes drilled into the bottom. If you actually want to grow more than one plant you can consider a half whiskey barrel. Zucchini plant grown in containers really requires a lightweight, well-drained potting soil such as a commercial mix containing ingredients like peat, compost, and/or fine bark, along with either perlite or vermiculite. Make sure you avoid regular garden soil which probably may contain pests and weed seeds, and it can quickly becomes compacted enough to smother the roots. You can easily plant your zucchini seeds directly in the pot about 2 weeks after the last frost in your area. You can consider compact, dwarf plants like Cue Ball, Gold Rush, and Eight Ball, most especially if you’re growing the zucchini in a smaller container. Plant 2 or 3 seeds in the center, at a planting depth of about an inch (2.5 cm.). Allow a couple of inches (5 cm.) of space between each of the zucchini seed. Water the soil lightly and also keep it slightly moist but not soggy until the zucchini seeds germinate in a week or two. If all of the zucchini seeds sprout, thin them after about 2 weeks. Make sure you remove the weakest and leave a single, strong seedling.
Zucchini Care in Container
Once the zucchini seeds sprout, you can water the zucchini plants deeply whenever the top two inches of the soil feels dry to the touch, and then allow the top of the soil to dry before watering again. The Zucchini plant is a sun-loving plant that needs an absolute minimum of about 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day; 8 to 10 hours is even better. Make sure you feed the zucchini plants every 4 weeks, using a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Another option, you can mix a time-release fertilizer into the potting mix at planting time. Depending on the zucchini variety, the plants will likely require stakes to support the long vines. A tomato cage inserted into the container really works very well. You can install the cage at planting time in other to prevent accidental damage to the plant. Zucchini dwarf varieties may not really require staking.