Dirani Summer Squash Seeds

This packet sows up to 6 mounds.
4.3 out of 5 stars
(10 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
This squash is perfect for the popular, Middle Eastern stuffed squash dish, Koosa (recipe inside packet). You'll love 'Dirani' because of the plant's compact habit and continuous production of fruits to enjoy all summer. Large leaves provide excellent coverage to protect fruits. Harvest when small for fresh use or allow them to grow larger for stuffing and baking. Use in any recipe calling for zucchini.
$2.99 12 seeds

Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo (hybrid)

Days to Maturity: 50 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: North America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: Bushy and compact, 36" wide

Variety Information: Best picked at 6"–7" long, light greenish-white with speckles

Type: 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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Dirani Summer Squash Seeds Reviews

10 reviews

Papusas y Calabacitas

5 out of 5 stars Jul 20, 2018
Makes great papusas. BI's Calabacitas are also remarkable. Awesome yield.
Dennis Colarelli from CO

My favorite summer squash

5 out of 5 stars Jul 22, 2018
I love this summer squash. The skin is never bitter and it gives fantastic yields. I have grown it here in California as well as up in the cold north of Idaho.
Frances Sandberg from CA

Mega producing plant

5 out of 5 stars Jun 14, 2020
I've had excellent results with this squash. I started the plants indoors, planted outside in mid-April. It's mid-June, I've picked 5 good sized zucchini. More are coming in. This plant is in a large raised planter and is doing fine.
Georgianne Messina from CA

Not Impressed

2 out of 5 stars Jul 14, 2020
This summer squash was sent to me as a substitue for a beautiful heirloom I was wanting to grow along side my work horse, Black Beauty Squash. Seriously poor substitute. I went ahead and planted it to give it a try and have not been happy. Pros - It does grow very quickly and is producing well. Cons- In my garden the taste has been bitter. The skin of this squash is very thin and easily scars. Very plain, pale green. May appeal to some but I was looking for a show stopper and something more unique to contrast my plain, dark green zucch. Very dissappointed.
Stephanie from CT

Dirani summer squash

5 out of 5 stars Jan 12, 2021
so, i garden in phoenix, az. seasons are SHORT. planted at the end of july we got 30-40 % germination, but the plants that sprouted came along gangbusters in an extremely hot summer. we picked our first squash 48 days from planting. they are tasty small , medium, and yes, there is always one that gets away, LARGE! we composted the plant the 3rd week of december, after picking a few more baby squash, frost got it in the end! even under frost cloth. yes, we do get frost in Phoenix! we have planted this in early spring, and get a great harvest into june before the high temperatures and the squash bugs render squash redundant. it is a favorite among all the volunteers who work in the demo garden at he maricopa county cooperative extension office!
Pam Perry from AZ

Finally found Summer Squash Seeds!

5 out of 5 stars Jan 26, 2021
These little babies are hard to find. We grew up eating Koosa, and zucchini bread in Michigan. My aunt father brought the seeds with him from Syria, and introduced them to my dad. Every year my dad would plant them, and let one squash go to seed, to have more for the following year. Now that dad is gone, I have never been able to find them. Thank you for carrying them.
Lisa from WA

Dirani Summer Squash

5 out of 5 stars Nov 19, 2021
Great cousa type squash. The only summer squash you'll need. Good yields, firm nutty flesh. Great on the grill or sauteed. Introduced to a couple of gardener friends that didn't think "zucchini" was worth the space in the garden who raved about Dirani and started growing it too. Highly recommended!
Annette from WI

Excellent squash

5 out of 5 stars Jan 4, 2022
I grew one of these squash in addition to Cube of Butter last year in the community garden. It did wonderfully! The leaves were really attractive with their silver mottling, and the squash were easy to spot and pick before they got massive. Note I said "massive" and not "big". They seem to double in size practically overnight. The skin does mark up easily after harvesting but because it's so thin it's tender and delicious cooked. The flavor and texture was excellent, and the thin skins meant it grated well for baked goods in addition to grilling and baked dishes where it was sliced in rounds. The only complaint if any was that between this and my other squash I could hardly keep up with the production. I finally let a couple of the squash grow to maturity and halt production as my freezer (and my palate) couldn't take any more squash on the menu. I didn't have any trouble with disease or insects other than fighting a little bit of powdery mildew very late in the season that spread from my pumpkins. But it resisted a very long time and I hadn't been proactively treating it. I saved seeds from the squash I let grow to full size and am looking forward to planting (one!) again this year and passing them along to fellow community garden folks as well.
Stephanie from CO

Poor germination

1 out of 5 stars May 2, 2022
Poor germination
Georgette from FL
Owner Response: We are sorry you had difficulty germinating these seeds. A customer service agent will be contacting you by email. Rest assured, our seeds are tested regularly by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates meet federal and our own standards prior to packing them. Happy gardening!

Amazing Performance In Drought & Record High Heat

5 out of 5 stars Jan 3, 2023
I picked up a packet of these seeds in 2018 from my local garden center, and they got lost in the shuffle of my seed collection for FOUR YEARS; this past spring I just decided to plant them on a whim, not expecting them to be terribly viable, but -- surprise! They were! Three mounds, with three seeds each, and six came up! Thinned them down to one per mound and decided to see where the fates took them. Well let me warn you, we have red clay soil that leans alkaline, and all I did was mix a shovelful of compost into the mounds and fertilized it with fish emulsion every month... on top of that, I can only get up to my garden about once a week to water, and we had no rain from mid-April until November... These DIRANI Squash THRIVED! When all my winer squash gave up the ghost or my yellow or green summer zucchini barely stumbled through survival in our 116-degree August heatwaves, these Dirani were still producing! They were flavorful, they didn't become bitter in the heat, and their pale and unusual color made my family and neighbors happy to take them off my hands when I was drowning in fruits! So, I came back to order more! This is now my go-to summer squash for my high-heat and low-water garden! Not to mention, the seed viability was a major bonus: I now know better; I won't need more than one or two plants this summer, and I can confidently save the rest of the seeds for next year!
Roz from CA

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