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.


Cucurbita pepo

Also known as

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

How to care for Summer Squash


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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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 🏡.


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.

Difficulty Level

Summer Squash can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Summer Squash

Summer Squash

Summer Squash

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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

Summer Squash has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Summer Squash has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Summer Squash has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Summer Squash has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
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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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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Blooms easily Blooms easily

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