EXCLUSIVE - Astia is a well-bred French bush zucchini variety, developed especially for container growing and planting in small space gardens. These non rambling, compact squash vines are also highly ornamental with big silvery-green, deeply indented leaves. Early bearing and productive, Astia bears abundant zucchini near the base of the plant where they are easy to harvest. These uniformly smooth, lustrous, glossy-green zucchini have excellent flavor and are delicious whether roasted, sautéed, steamed or baked. Maturity 48 Days (approx. 12 seeds/pack)
START SEEDS OUTDOORS: Plant only when spring weather is warmed and night temperatures are above 50°F (10°C). Amend soil well with aged manure or compost. In a sunny spot, make slightly mounded hills, 3’ wide and 3’ apart. Sow seeds in a triangle on each mound, planting two seeds 1” deep at each point in the triangle. Thin to the strongest seedling at each point, leaving 3 seedlings per mound.
FOR CONTAINERS: Use fresh, good quality potting soil in containers. Sow seeds 4” from container edges. When 3 to 4” tall, remove all but the strongest seedling. Final spacing should be one plant per pot at least 15” in diameter and 12” deep, or 2 plants for pots 20” across and 12-15” deep. For larger planters, final spacing should be 8 to 10” apart. Mulch to help conserve moisture and fertilize monthly for good production. In very hot weather, check and water containers daily.
GROWING NOTES: Protect seedlings from marauding birds with plastic berry baskets, removing before plants get crowded. Thin plants properly; you’ll get more zucchinis from a few well-spaced, healthy vines than from crowded plants that are much more disease prone.
HARVEST AND USE: Harvest at about 5 inches in length; frequent harvesting keeps plants producing. Enjoy these zucchinis grilled, baked sautéed or steamed. Try slicing lengthwise, drizzling with olive oil and roasting to succulent perfection. Or slice 1/2 inch thick, top with pizza sauce and cheese and bake.