Black Beauty Summer Squash Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

Zucchini is one vegetable that just won't quit! This highly productive bush-type heirloom from the 1920s takes up little garden space. Dark green, shiny fruits with tender skin are very versatile in the kitchen. Can be steamed, sautéed, added to soups, omelets, and breads, made into relish, and eaten raw in salads or with dip. See inside of packet for zucchini relish recipe.
  • Conventional Heirloom #0048 - 4 grams
    This packet sows up to 6 mounds.
  • $1.89
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  • Organic Heirloom #3049 - 3 grams
    This packet sows up to 5 mounds.
  • $2.49
  • Out of Stock

Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo

Days to Maturity: 55 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: North America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: Compact vines form a 2' tall by 3'–4' bushtype plant.

Variety Information: Best picked at 6"–8" long, has very dark green, shiny thin skin with creamy white interior, introduced to the U.S. in the 1920s.

Type: Zucchini, Bush

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–85°F.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting. Roots are sensitive to disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly into the ground. Transplant when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ½"–1"

Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound

Row Spacing: 3'–4'

Thinning: When 3 leaves, thin to 1 plant per mound

Harvesting: Harvest frequently to increase yield; squash seem to get monstrous overnight. While edible at almost any size, seeds are less developed in young fruit, therefore more tender. Using a knife or clippers, cut squash off including some of the stem. By including stem, the fruit is sealed and less likely to mold or dry out. Harvesting Blossoms: Look for male, non-fruit producing flowers that have long stems and harvest just before use (female flowers have a swollen mini-squash at the base of the flower and are on shorter stems).

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Black Beauty Summer Squash Seeds Reviews

9 reviews
Buttery and Sweet
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jul 26, 2018
By far my favorite zucchini variety. One I grow year after year. Plants are very productive. Usually one or two plants is more than plenty for a family of four. Harvest at 6 or so inches and they can be sauteed or steam with a little salt and enjoy them for their buttery and sweet flavors. Leave them to grow a little more and harvest between 8 to 10 inches and there will be plenty for savory dishes or to fry up.
Brian NED

Flowers but no fruit
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jul 31, 2019
I have two plantings of this zucchini and it's been flowering but has not produced a single zucchini, I cannot understand why not. I ordered the cube of butter squash and also have two plants and they have both been producing beautifully. I have grown zucchini before, when I lived in Florida, and have never had an issue with squash being produced. Armadillos and powdery mildew were usually the demise of my plants. I am pretty disappointed as I was hoping for lots of squash and zucchini this Summer. I would say maybe the seeds were bad but they germinated and are producing flowers. Any thoughts why they are producing fruit? Tomatoes and other edibles near the plants are being pollinated, so I would assume these flowers should be too. Bottom line, I probably won't try this seed again but my problem may just be a fluke so give them a try if you're interested.
Jenny Dreaden
Owner Response: Hi Jenny, Thanks for contacting us about this issue. I think I can be helpful. Tomatoes have "perfect flowers" with both male and female parts and do not need pollinators to produce fruit, a little nudge or some wind does the trick. Melons, cucumber, and squash all have separate male and female flower on the plant. Generally, the first couple weeks of flowers are just male flowers, presumably to attract pollinators to the area, then the female flowers emerge. If the bees haven't noticed the plant flowering, or if you primarily see honeybees (which aren't as focused on getting to every flower on a plant as native bees) these plants just need a little hand to be pollinated and produce fruit. Bees form foraging paths and tend to follow a routine, which is why it can be helpful to add early flowering plants to the garden, making your garden part of their regular routine. The poor pollination doesn't have to do with the seed or the cultivar. Your experience is becoming quite common, as we see native bee populations decline. We created an article and video about hand pollination that you may find useful, This is also available in the learn more tab of the product page. Please feel free to contact customer service or our horticulturist anytime you have growing questions.

Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jan 24, 2020
We loved this zucchini. I stayed on top of it and picked them when they were small (although every once and a while a gigantic one would appear out of hiding). The flavor was great and all summer long it was a happy plant. These attracted such wonderful native bees and I felt lucky to have this plant to support them. Buy them for your family and for the bees!
Grace Wright

Update from July 31 review
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jan 25, 2020
Thank you for the information. I did realize later I should have been hand pollinating, after reading your information and other articles. It became clearer after we had to hand pollinate our hot pepper plants last season too. I will try this variety again, and, with a little, will hopefully get some tasty squash this season. :). Thank you again.
Jenny Dreaden
Owner Response: Anytime, Jenny! Happy gardening!

Black Beauty Summer Squash
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Absolutely great. Growing huge, but staying reasonably compact. Started harvesting a couple of days ago.
Linda Thomson-Clem

good consistent squash
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 15, 2020
great germination and growth. This is my 9th year growing them
Cambria Devoy

Growing The Wrong Squash
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 27, 2020
I am torn on how to rate these seeds since I got a really mixed bag! I have one beautiful zucchini plant growing and multiple of a mystery squash. It is large, oval, and a pale yellow, a bit like a spaghetti squash. I tried cooking one similar to spaghetti squash, but it is not producing the classic "noodles". Fingers crossed I get a few more zucchinis on my one plant before the season is over.
Tayler Dube
Owner Response: Hi Tayler, Thank for making us aware of this issue. Quality is very important to us. A customer service agent will be with you shortly to help.

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Zucchini galore! Thanks for these, I had numerous fruit, a great crop.

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These seeds were planted exactly as directed, in full sun, with plenty of water, in fresh potting soil. They produced abundant blossoms, but never any squash.
Owner Response: Hi Deborah, We are sorry you had a disappointing experience with this popular variety. The key to squash fruiting is good pollination, something that has become a bigger issue as our native bee populations struggle. As you noted the plants had abundant blossoms however if there aren't pollinators to move pollen to the fruit-producing flowers (which takes 4 visits) you can hand pollinate the flowers. You can find instructions for hand pollinating in the "Learn More" tab of this product page. Sowing flowers in the garden can also help invite more bees to visit but keep in mind European honeybees aren't as skilled at pollinating squash as native bees. I hope this helps explain that the issue was pollination and not anything to do with the seeds. Happy gardening!

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