Squash, Summer : Climbing Trombocino
Vigorous climber attractive to bees and birds
This wonderful Italian heirloom summer squash is a vigorous climbing vine, producing many 12 to 15" lime green fruits with a curvaceous trombone shape and a delicate mild taste with a hint of nutty artichoke flavor. Trombetta flesh is seedless and firm and doesn't get watery or mushy like regular zucchini. The rambling plants will soon cover a trellis, fence or stakes with graceful fruits that hang like jade ornaments cloaked in a lush canopy of big heart-shaped leaves.Cucurbitaceae Cucurbita pepo
These tender annuals originated in the tropics and love hot weather. They can't stand cold soil so don't plant them until it has warmed up (ideally to at least 70 degrees F). Use black plastic to warm the soil if necessary.
Don't plant out until the soil temperature is close to 70 degrees.
Sow the seed 1/2" deep in cool soil and up to 2" deep in warm soil
Spacing12.0", 1 plants per sq ft
Climbing Trombetta is a vining variety and should be trellised on a very sturdy support. Because the plants grow vertically, plants can be spaced 12" apart along the support structure. The structure should be at least 6' tall.
In hot weather the large seeds germinate and grow quickly and soon produce vigorous young plants. Because of this there is little point in going to all of the work of starting them inside.
Bush varieties don't need any support; the vine varieties take up a lot less space if grown vertically on trellises or cages.