Plant Care Summer Squash

Summer Squash

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Summer Squash has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily
Summer Squash has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Summer Squash

Cucurbita pepo is a plant native to North America. Acorn squash is an aggressive grower and prefers moist soil with full access to sunlight. Cucurbita pepo should be transplanted in late spring, early summer or after the last frost.

Taxonomy

Cucurbita pepo
Cucurbita
Cucurbitaceae
Cucurbitales

Also known as

Summer squash, Texas gourd, Pumpkin, Dark Green Zucchini, spaghetti squash, Zucchini, Aladdin pumpkin, Field Pumpkin, Cucurbita Pepo L., Cucurbeti pepo, Heirloom Black Beauty Zucchini Squash and Casper Pumpkin

How to care for Summer Squash

💦 Water

How often to water your Summer Squash

Water needs for Summer Squash
0.5 cups
every 9

Summer Squash needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Summer Squash

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Summer Squash in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Summer Squash: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Summer Squash love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Summer Squash does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Summer Squash in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Summer Squash

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Summer Squash: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Summer Squash after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Summer Squash is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Summer Squash →

Common Summer Squash Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Summer Squash prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Summer Squash Water Frequency →

Summer Squash Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Summer Squash requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Summer Squash Light Requirements →

Summer Squash Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Summer Squash is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Summer Squash Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 Humidity

Summer Squash doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Summer Squash Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Summer Squash does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Summer Squash →

When and How to Successfully Repot Summer Squash →


💩 Fertilizer

Summer Squash should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Summer Squash →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Summer Squash grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Summer Squash →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Summer Squash can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2-11. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Summer Squash Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Summer Squash can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Summer Squash →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Summer Squash

Summer Squash

Summer Squash


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

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Summer Squash has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Summer Squash has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Summer Squash has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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