Zucchini, Midnight Lightning (Cucurbita pepo), packet of 10 seeds, organic
Family: Gourd (Cucurbitaceae)
Annual. 55 days to maturity.
Midnight Lightning is a bush zucchini that produces long, narrow fruits of exceptional flavor, colored very dark green, almost “midnight black.” We found these to be fast-growing, insect and disease resistant and not very spiny (which is a nice feature when reaching in to clip off that first long thin zuk you’ve been hankering after all spring). Sow seed about 1 inch deep in the spring or summer garden. Space hills 3 to 5 feet apart. Thin to 3 best seedlings per hill. Plant produces long fruits that taste best when picked at early stage.
10 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown
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Admin Richo Cech –
If the zucchini grows too large, wait until visiting relatives leave their windows down on their car, and sneak the zucchini into the back seat, hiding them under the overdue electric bills and ratty magazines. Hey, golly, what kind of magazines is Uncle Fred reading, anyway? Wait until I tell Aunt Margaret! If you live in England, a country famous for its love of bland foods, you can hollow out the oversized fruits and stuff them with cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic, summer savory, salt and other yumminess and bake in the oven to produce a popular treat known as “marrow.” Otherwise, consume zucchinis in the early stages of development, lightly steamed or stir-fried, with a little garlic and tamari. Boy oh Boy.
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Sarita Chalamalla (verified owner) –
you mentioned hills does this need good trellis? But Picture shows it as a bush with zucchini on ground.
Richo Cech –
Oh, yes, the picture is of the actual plants and the way they appear and fruit. By hills I think what is meant is like a low-lying mound of soft and rich dirt that you plant the seeds in. The zunchini does not need a trellis, it is a bush type.
How do these do against squash vine borers?
Richo Cech –
we don’t have these pests out west but i can tell you the flea beetles and cucumber beetles do riddle my early squash and pumpkins and I have learned to act quickly when this starts to happen. I use a pile of neem cake in a seed cleaning screen to shake neem cake all over the bed and around the emerging seedlings. I think this might help your problem as well.
Laura Meyer –
Thank you, Richo! The cucumber beetles have descended here in VT and I knew you would have a remedy.
hlangel2005 (verified owner) –
I can attest to this plant and it’s strength against the dreaded vine borer! I know they’ve now attacked mine but the main stalk of the plant is so solid they are not easily accessing it at all!! This is amazing, thank you so much! I almost gave up after years of fighting the borer!