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When to Plant
Summer Squash in Watauga, Tennessee, United States of America

Planting vegetable seeds at the correct time is the most important step for getting the most out of your garden. Knowing exactly when to plant summer squash in your garden in Watauga, Tennessee, United States of America will increase growing success and provide better yields.

Check optimal planting dates regularly for best results because the weather, and our results, change daily. 

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The optimal time to plant summer squash in Watauga, Tennessee, United States of America is  - . The best day is with a success rate of %.

 

Anywhere between 70-100% is great. If consistently below that you may want to start growing from seedling or young plant, or possibly grow in sheltered environment

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Important summer squash growing information relevant to your exact garden location in Watauga, Tennessee, United States of America:

The total number of frost free days for your garden in Watauga, Tennessee, United States of America is days, but the total number of optimal days to plant summer squash is days.

For best results you should start planting summer squash in days starting .

Recommended Summer Squash Varieties

for Watauga, Tennessee, United States of America
Summer
Crookneck
Early Summer
Gold Bar
Summer Yellow Straightneck or Crookneck
Dixie
Zucchini

Gardening Data Sources

for Summer Squash

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Gardening Websites

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21 sources

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How to Grow Summer Squash in Watauga, Tennessee, United States of America

True or false: There is a type of summer squash which is used for bathing? True! Luffa (or Loofah) squash, when harvested early is edible, but when it is left to reach full development and ripened it creates inner fibers, that once have been dried and hardened are used as a bath sponge. Squash originated in the Americas and domesticated in Mexico and North America. During excavations of numerous caves in Mexico in the 1950’s squash remains were found and dated to around 8000 BC. When the first European settlers arrived to Massachusetts the native Indians shared many varieties of squash with them. In Narragansett, which was the Indian dialect spoken by the Nipmuc of the Mohegan tribe, they called squash “askutasquash”, which means "eaten raw or uncooked”. Squash, while technically is a fruit, is mostly eaten as a vegetable. Squash is divided into two groups, winter squash and summer squash and the difference between the two is at what stage the fruit is harvested and eaten. Summer squash is harvested and eaten when the fruit is not fully mature and outer skin has not hardened into a tough rind. Summer squash has tender skin and the inner flesh is moist. Unlike the winter squash which can be stored for months, the summer squash must be cooked, eaten or processed quickly after harvest.

Use these images to know if your summer squash is heading in the right direction and growing properly. Exact number of growing days varies for each summer squash variety. Below is the average number of days for each stage gathered from many different varieties.

Germination
8 days
Young seedling
8 days
Mature seedling
10 days
Young plant
8 days
Mature plant
13 days
Total days:
47 days

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8 days
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Mature Seedling
10 days
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Young Plant
8 days
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Mature Plant
13 days
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Total Days
47 days

Summer Squash Germination Guide

(Stage 1: Germination)

Germination is the process by which a plant grows from a seed. It is the first stage of the plant growing process and it begins when the seed is sown and ends when the radicale emerges out of the seed.

All seeds require proper soil temperature, moisture, air and light conditions to germinate successfully. However, during the germination stage the seeds require more soil warmth and moisture than light exposure.

Seeds respire just like any other living organism, requiring oxygen and producing carbon dioxide (CO2), so it is crucial to use a soil media that is sufficiently aerated so that the seeds do not “suffocate”.

57% of our growing experts recommend to directly sow summer squash seeds into the ground. What is direct sowing and why do I care about it?

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Required germination period

5-12 days

(6 sources)
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Optimal germination period

5-10 days

(20 sources)
Required soil temp.

64.8º-99.4ºF / 18.2º-37.5ºC

(28 sources)
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Optimal soil temp.

69.4º-92.4ºF / 20.8º-33.5ºC

(71 sources)
Required day temp.

60º-86.3ºF / 15.6º-30.1ºC

(4 sources)
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Optimal day temp.

69.7º-83.3ºF / 20.9º-28.5ºC

(14 sources)
Required night temp.

60º-78.8ºF / 15.6º-26ºC

(4 sources)
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Optimal night temp.

65.1º-74.2ºF / 18.4º-23.4ºC

(12 sources)
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Optimal seed depth

1.6 inches / 4.1 cm

(49 sources)
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Optimal plant spacing

13.4 inches / 34 cm

(46 sources)
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Optimal row spacing

50.9 inches / 129.3 cm

(37 sources)

Summer Squash Growing Guide

(Stages 2-5: Growth)

Once seed has germinated and radicale has emerged the second stage of the plant growing process begins, developing from radicale to cotyledon -the embryonic first leaves of the seed forming a young seedling.

During the third stage of plant development cotyledon develops to 3-4 true leaves, stem begins to grow, becoming a mature seedling.

In the fourth stage the mature seedling develops to a young plant, ready for transplanting.

The fifth stage of plant development the plant is fully mature bearing fruit and/or flower.

The following guidelines apply to all of the summer squash plants’ needs during stages 2-5 from radicale emergence to full maturity. During these stages sunlight becomes a more active participant in plant growth and development than in the germination phase.

Soil pH is an important factor during these stages as well. What is pH and why is it important?

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Required soil temp.

69.9º-80ºF / 21º-26.7ºC

(22 sources)
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Optimal soil temp.

65º-67.7ºF / 18.3º-19.8ºC

(1 sources)
Required day temp.

47.5º-85ºF / 8.6º-29.4ºC

(2 sources)
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Optimal day temp.

66.9º-81ºF / 19.4º-27.2ºC

(17 sources)
Required night temp.

47.5º-55ºF / 8.6º-12.8ºC

(2 sources)
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Optimal night temp.

59.3º-67.9ºF / 15.2º-20ºC

(14 sources)
Required sunlight hours

6-NAN

(16 sources)
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Optimal sunlight hours

6-12

(35 sources)
Required soil pH

6-7.1

(25 sources)
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Optimal soil pH

5.8-6.7

(61 sources)
Required watering amount

1-1.5 inches / 2.5-3.8 cm (per week)

(1 sources)
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Optimal watering amount

1-1.8 inches / 2.5-4.6 cm (per week)

(39 sources)
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Optimal depth

1.2 inches / 3.1 cm

(2 sources)
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Optimal plant spacing

20 inches / 50.8 cm

(5 sources)
Growmigo - Row Spacing
Optimal row spacing

42 inches / 106.7 cm

(1 sources)

How difficult is it to grow summer squash?

Growing summer squash, or any other vegetable for that matter, is not hard, however some plants require more attention and care than others depending on the following factors:

 

Are you starting to grow your plant from seed? seedling? young plant? Depending on what stage plant you choose to plant will impact growing difficulty and patience.

The length of the growing season for your exact garden location.

If you have a short growing season and you want to start growing from seed then you may need to start the growing process in a sheltered environment (greenhouse or inside your home) which will require more involvement in the growing process.

Whether you direct sow in the garden or start in trays and then transplant also affects the level of difficulty

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Companion Planting Guide

for Summer Squash

What is companion planting?

Companion planting is intentional planting of two or more vegetables and/or flowers next to each other in order to positively impact plant health and yield

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