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How much room for Tromboncino zucchini?

Post  QuercyGarden on 5/16/2013, 3:56 am

I am growing some Tromboncino zucchini indoors which will be ready to plant in my SFG next week. The instructions say to plant them 90cm (about 3 feet) apart. Do they really need that much room if I grow them up a trellis? What is the minimum number of squares that they will need?
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Post  dvelten on 5/16/2013, 8:12 am

You are brave! I am also trying one this year and plan to devote a 3x3 square at the end of a 3x6 bed where I can put up a (tall) trellis. If they like your weather they can ramble long distances. Check out this
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Post  RoOsTeR on 5/16/2013, 8:20 am

I'll also be growing Tromboncino zucchini this year Very Happy I think I'm going to be planting mine in separate containers, and not in my beds.

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Post  QuercyGarden on 5/16/2013, 9:29 am

I had no idea that they could get so big! I had planned to plant three of them. Now I probably won't have room for even one.
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Post  dvelten on 5/16/2013, 9:47 am

Go ahead and try at least one, but make sure you have a good sized trellis on a side that won't shade the rest of your garden. You can always prune it back. It should be a lot of fun and they are supposedly good eating and can be allowed to ripen for winter storage, like a butternut.
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Post  QuercyGarden on 5/16/2013, 9:54 am

I'm going to feel like Jack and the Beanstalk!
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Post  jmsieglaff on 5/16/2013, 11:09 am

I planted two plants along a 4' section of 5' tall cattle panel trellis last year. They covered it and I kept wrapping the vines back through the trellis as they would out grow it. I found the young squash better than the mature. While the mature wasn't bad--I prefer buttercup or butternut for flavor and texture for winter squash. The young ones get to 2-3' long in no time and I would slice them, toss in olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, onion and grill and then hit with some freshly chopped parsley. In my experience, the plants are vigorous, resisted insects but are not overly productive in terms of fruit.
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Post  elliephant on 5/16/2013, 12:04 pm

I think mine went about 20 feet in each direction last year, along the top of my trellis (I have long skinny beds lined up along the fence). And that's without it surviving long enough to produce very much. I have a really tough time growing squash here.

I, too, prefer it at the immature stage. And it freezes great in slices, unlike other squash that is too watery and can only be frozen grated.

ETA: I have two plants going this year. Each about 10 feet long right now and have male blossoms. I can see the females coming along, but the squash will be about a foot long before the flower even opens, and then grow faster than you can imagine once it is pollinated. Getting excited to see it again this year!

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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/25/2013, 9:53 am

Here is my tromboncino so far:

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Post  dvelten on 7/28/2013, 7:54 pm

My tromboncino is not as far along as Rooster's. Cold, wet spring and first planting was eaten. These are the plants from the second sowing, just starting to vine. I need to get the trellis netting up soon.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 7/28/2013, 8:28 pm

@dvelten wrote:My tromboncino is not as far along as Rooster's. Cold, wet spring and first planting was eaten. These are the plants from the second sowing, just starting to vine. I need to get the trellis netting up soon.


Looks great! That thing is about ready to take off Very Happy My squash has totally outgrown my trellis, and I think I'm going to have to get out the trellis stretcher! It seemed like it took mine forever to get to the stage you're at now, and then it just took off. I can't wait till I actually start getting some squash.
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Post  Patty from Yorktown on 7/28/2013, 9:51 pm

You picked my favorite squash! You can grow it as a summer or winter squash. I just finished cooking 4 squash from last winter, and they tasted great. As to the size of the plant, it depends if it is happy. I have had vines that were longer than my kids swing set, so about 20 feet. They are bug resistant, love water and sun. Powdery mildew does not seem to phase them in the slightest. I hope you get some great shapes.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/3/2013, 11:30 am

Very interesting squash! I'm hoping to be able to sample one of these soon  


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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/12/2013, 9:50 pm

I ate my first tromboncino squash last night and I must say, it was excellent! It will be a standard item from here on out. Not pithy or seedy at all. Almost has a creamy flavor/texture, if that makes sense, that's very pleasing   I'm hooked!

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Post  southern gardener on 8/12/2013, 10:00 pm

@RoOsTeR wrote:I ate my first tromboncino squash last night and I must say, it was excellent! It will be a standard item from here on out. Not pithy or seedy at all. Almost has a creamy flavor/texture, if that makes sense, that's very pleasing   I'm hooked!
Was it sort of creamy like a butternut? I really want to try these next year. Congrats!!
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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/13/2013, 8:03 pm

How much room for tromboncino? LOT'S! Straighten out the bent neck and this several day old squash easily measures over 2'. Very Happy 



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Post  camprn on 8/14/2013, 6:47 am

That's pretty darned cool! Are you going to allow a few of them to grow large and into a 'winter' type of squash? If so, let us know how it tastes then..... I am going to plant these next year!

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