Should I Trellis or Stake My Zucchini?

“Should zucchini be staked up?” Question from Rhonda of Opelousas, Louisiana

Answer: If you have space, you can let vining zucchini ramble on the ground, and they will produce and perform beautifully. They can ramble as far as 6-10 feet, though, so space is essential. Training them up a strong trellis is another option, which will save space and make harvest easier. But, if you lack space and prefer a tidier garden, I recommend planting bush zucchini. These reach just 3 to 4 feet across, depending on the variety.

Best Bush Zucchini Varieties

I love bush zucchini and have grown quite a few that I really liked. Here are my three favorites.

Astia‘: The plants are so compact that they are good for container gardening, and zucchini production is good.

‘Eight Ball’: Lots of cute, round, flavorful zucchinis are produced on small, bush-sized plants.

‘Green Machine’: If you are looking for classic, green zucchini on small, very disease-resistant plants then this is the variety for you. It is very fast-yielding, producing from just 45 to 50 days after planting, and it is very reliable.

I hope that this information helps!

Happy zucchini growing,

Jessie Keith

Black Gold Horticulturist



Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

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