Cucurbita pepo Black Beauty is a popular, very productive home garden and commercial squash variety that quickly matures in 50-60 days. This wonderful heirloom summer squash grows on semi-upright plants. Its beautiful dark black-green fruits average 6-8" long and 2" in diameter and are best when harvested young. This is a VERY prolific variety that is sure to get you enough squash for you and your entire family all year long! The flesh of a black beauty summer squash is tender, creamy-white, and has a fine flavor. Try them in stir frys or roasted. They also make fantastic zucchini breads. For a treat, dip the beautiful giant yellow flower blossoms in a beer batter and deep-fry. A true winner! Growing Instructions: Plant when soil has warmed to at least 60ÂºF and all danger of frost has passed under full sun in well draining soil. Start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting. To sow seeds outdoors, plant seeds in a central hill and thin to 3 plants per hill once true leaves have formed. Cut extra seedlings with a scissors to avoid damaging remaining plants. Zucchini also grows well in containers and can be taught to climb a trellis if space is limited. Keep soil evenly moist to prevent fruit from falling off due to inadequate watering. Leaves may wilt during prolonged heat and can be revived with water. Zucchini is a voracious feeder and will appreciate nutrient-rich soil and an occasional boost of compost tea or well-rotted manure. Control garden weeds to help minimize the risk of disease and cultivate carefully around shallow roots. Harvest zucchini when they reach the preferred size for use. Fruits usually taste best when they reach 4 to 6 inches in length. Frequent harvesting will encourage more fruit. Good cultivation practices will go along way to preventing common problems like powdery mildew and mosaic virus. Control weeds and keep the garden free of dead plant debris. Avoid handling plants when leaves are wet and plant them far enough from other plants so they receive adequate air circulation.