Summer squash spacing

weeper_11(2b SK)June 17, 2013

So this spring I planted the Flying Saucer variety of squash. I planted 2 plants, about 8 inches apart from each other, with 2 ft between each mini row of 2 plants. Should I pull out one out of each 2? Will they stunt each other if I leave them there? All of the plants came up, and all of them look healthy, so I hate to pull them out, but if it is going to effect the health/production then I'll do it. I don't have any room to transplant them anywhere.

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I would be tempted to keep them and just feed them very well ..............................but only because I have such a hard time getting things to be healthy in my yard I'm sure if I took out one the other would die.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 10:31AM
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Not familiar with that specific variety, but a healthy zucchini plant will spread 3 to 4 feet across, in which case I'd definitely thin down to 2 plants, 2 feet apart.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 9:17PM
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weeper_11(2b SK)

I should have said in my original message that there are 6 plants total, planted in 3 separate little rows, 2 ft between each row, with 2 plants per row(about 8 inches apart) Hopefully that clarifies a bit!

But I'm guessing I should still thin them out to just one plant per 2 ft.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 11:53PM
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    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 8:18AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Squash have a tendency to grow over other plants and "squash" them hence the name.


    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 11:19AM
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I would pull the two in the middle of each row. Fly Saucer squash grows a lot like zucchini so it doesn't crawl much like a spaghetti squash but the bushes can still get quite large.

I try and plant all my squash a min. of 3 ft apart and I still have a hard time walking through them if they grow well.

If you're worried about the others dying after you pull them, wait a little longer before removing them.

Also - don't think just about the number of plants or spacing - think if you really need all that squash!!!

Happy Growing! :)

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 11:31AM
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