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Jackpot Zucchini

130–240 seeds/oz. ⅛ oz packet sows 4–6 hills; 1 oz, 40 hills. The term zucchini, which means ‘little squash’ in Italian, was not in common parlance until the late ’30s. Squash expert Amy Goldman, author of The Compleat Squash, traces the first true zucchini to 1901 in Milan, but vegetable marrows and cocozelles, now called zucchini, are considerably older.

Summer Squash

Days to maturity are from direct seeding; subtract 20 days for transplants.

Culture: Tender, will not survive frost. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal temperature range 70–90°. Sow in hills 4′ apart, 5 seeds/hill. Thin to 2–3 best plants. Or start indoors, 25 days before transplanting. Immediately install wire hoops and row cover to keep out cucumber beetles. Floating row covers, especially when used in low tunnels, provide extra heat and can hasten maturity by 1 to 2 weeks. Make succession plantings to ensure harvest through the entire frost-free season, insurance against powdery mildew and other diseases of tiring old plants. For best flavor pick summer squash when they are small. Don’t leave oversized squash on the vines. It shuts down production.

Squash blossoms are a delicacy. Harvest male blossoms when fully open for salads or stuffing. Male blossoms typically precede females by about a week. Females have a bulge at the base of the blossom, an early stage of the fruit forming.

In early summer, a combination of cool, cloudy weather and declining bee populations may result in poor pollination causing low yields. Mites and colony collapse disorder have wiped out a high percentage of wild and domesticated honeybee colonies in the last 20 years, creating a real crisis for cucurbit growers.

Taste: Unless you want to stuff them, for best flavor pick squash when they are small.

  • CMV: Cucumber Mosaic Virus
  • PM: Powdery Mildew
  • PRSV: Papaya Ringspot Virus
  • WMV: Watermelon Mosaic Virus
  • ZYMV: Zucchini Yellows Mosaic Virus
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Pest: Striped Cucumber Beetle
Cultural controls: use tolerant or resistant varieties, rotate crops, till under crop debris soon after harvest, use floating row covers until flowers appear, use plastic mulch, perimeter trap cropping (Black Zucchini and Blue Hubbard make particularly good trap crops), use yellow sticky strips, hand-pick early morning when beetles are very sluggish.
Materials: Surround, Pyrethrum (PyGanic).

Pest: Squash Bug
Cultural controls: rotation, till in cucurbit debris before winter and plant a cover crop, boards on soil surface near squash will attract bugs overnight which can be killed, avoid mulching. Squash bugs lay their brown-brick red egg clusters on the underside of the foliage, often next to the central vein—destroy egg clusters on undersides of leaves.
Materials: Pyrethrum on young nymphs, AzaMax.

Pest: Squash Vine Borer
Cultural controls: butternut squash is resistant, maximas & pepos susceptible; rotation, plow in squash vine debris soon after harvest, use floating row covers, watch for wilting plant parts and destroy borer within.

Disease: Powdery Mildew
Controls: Use small plots to slow spread, plant indeterminate (viney) varieties, control weed competition.
Materials: sulfur and whole milk, mineral or other oils in combination with potassium bicarbonate.

Disease: Bacterial Wilt
Cultural control: Striped Cucumber Beetle is vector—control it; choose resistant varieties.

Germination Testing

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.

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Jackpot Auto Feminised Seeds

Cross Jack Herer with 2 Fast 2 Vast and you’ve won the Auto Jackpot! This indica-dominant auto-flowering strain is very simple and straightforward to grow, so easy in fact that it belies the sheer quality that this strain produces. With a grow time from germination to harvest of between 60 and 70 days it will mature indoors or outdoors anywhere that the daytime temperature doesn’t fall below 10 degrees such is its hardiness and resilience.

Its height reaches between 80 cm and 100 cm giving it a useful profile for outdoor gardens where tall plants may be a give-away. The buds from this strain literally ooze with THC-carrying resin the buds being much stickier than many autos. Expect between 50 to 80 gr. per plant. Like its Jack Herer ancestor the initial effect is quite euphoric and energetic but this stage evolves into a particularly deep, relaxing stone that lasts and lasts.

The taste begins with the fruitiness of 2 fast 2 Vast before becoming spicy and earthy like Jack Herer. This automatic strain is your winning ticket to happiness.

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A proven Syngenta hybrid with good disease resistance and good tip fill.

V02150 : Jackpot
Treatment Pkg Size Price
Treated 1 lb $14.90
Treated 5 lb $68.25
Treated 25 lb $332.50
Treated 50 lb $645.00
* US prices shown in USD.
Attributes
Growing Tips

Plant seeds 8 – 12 inches apart on 30 inch rows to achieve optimum yield. Seed depth should be ¾” – 1½” depending on soil conditions, and genetic type. Plant when soil temperature is 60º F plus. Planting in blocks will also help increase uniformity in pollination.

18,000 – 22,000 seeds per acre or one seed every 8 – 12 inches. To achieve this singulation use a finger or air seed delivery system.

Be sure to read the block on Managing Insects in sweet corn on the following page. Also take a look at our “Insect Scouting Resources” on page 38. Scout field every 7 days to check for insect, weed, and disease pressure. For identification of weeds, insects, and diseases consult your local extension office or view the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide.

For all high quality sweet corn varieties, maintaining an isolation is required to protect the high sugar and flavor characteristics of the sweet corn as cross pollination from other types of sweet corn or from different types of corn will result in starchy kernels.

SE/Synergistic types and SH2/Improved Super Sweet types should be isolated both from each other and from other types of corn including field corn, popcorn and ornamental corn.

An isolation can be achieved either by distance or by a difference in maturity. Preferable isolations would require 700 – 1000 feet distance from other corns, or 10 – 14 days difference in maturity between varieties.

Sweet corn maturities are publicized as days to relative maturity. This information comes from supplier data, as well as our trial observations in the Midwest. Prolonged excessive heat or cool temperatures can cause maturity dates to fluctuate to some degree . Monitor your crop through the growing season in order to pick at optimum freshness.

Harvest sweet corn when the end kernels of the ear feel developed. Approximately 21 – 25 days after half silk. Sample sweet corn to ensure quality.

Pre-cool cob temperature to 50ºF. After pre-cooling store at 34ºF and 95% humidity.

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