This special heirloom seed was originally gifted to me by my old friend Ralph at the West Brunswick Community Garden many years ago when I first got a plot. He bought me some pre-sprouted seeds and told me he had saved the seeds in his community garden plot for years.
The fruits are large and round, with pale green skin and a sweet flavor. Ralph used to grow the plants on trellises to protect other vegetables from the heat of summer, which also improved the productivity of the area, using the permaculture principle of stacking.
In order to ensure the climbing type plant seeds would grow true to type I undertook a special hand pollinating at dawn exercise, with the pollen from the male flowers fertilizing the female flowers, sealing the female flowers up with tape afterwards to ensure the bees didn’t bring other pollen from nearby zucchinis. I left the fruits to mature and harvested the seeds, excited to keep this variety going.
When I left my CG plot, I tried to grow the climbing zucchini in my confined shady garden at home with little success. Years went by and the seeds I had were reaching their final use by date!
Last year I got the chance to grow this rare plant again in my folks huge abd sunny vegie garden in country Victoria. I planted some of the last seeds I had, some grew, and I nurtured them, following the same dawn flower pollination process to ensure I got some seeds to keep this variety growing.
I have a limited amount of seeds saved in 2021.
10 seeds in the envelope
Annual vine, grow up a trellis to shade the vegetable garden in summer, a great plant for stacking in a permaculture
Thin skinned fruits best eaten approx 15 cm diameter, up to 20-25 cm long. Can be eaten after that but are not as tasty.
Victoria - sow in spring after the last frost
Queensland - sow in autumn - winter
Originally sourced from Ralph at the community garden over 30 years ago.
Note: due to quarantine restrictions we are unable to post seeds to Tasmania and WA.