'Eight Ball' is a Zucchini variety in the Cucurbita genus with a scientific name of Cucurbita pepo var. cylindrica. Eight Ball is a patented hybrid variety.
AAS winner in 1999. This is an improved (hybridized) version of a round dark green zucchini variety.
Characteristics: hybrid summer squash; dark green color, round, 2-3" diameter; compact open bush plant spread about 3 feet wide and two feet tall; high yield; very early, 5-7 weeks depending on growing conditions
Even gardeners with limited space can grow these plants.
A type of Vegetable
, it mainly grows as an Annual
plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Eight Ball is known for its Forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 90.0 cm
(2.93 feet). This variety tends to bloom in early summer.
Italy is believed to be where Eight Ball originates from.
Eight Ball Zucchini is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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How to grow Eight Ball
Eight Ball likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Eight Ball is thought of as tender, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 12 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.6 and 7.5 as Eight Ball likes to be in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil.
Growing Eight Ball from seed
Sow at a depth of approx. 0.99 inches
(2.54 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 2.93 feet
(90.0 cm) between Zucchini plants. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F
to ensure good germination.
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Eight Ball about 42 days before your last frost date.
Transplanting Eight Ball
Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Eight Ball is a tender plant.
By our calculations, you should look at planting out Eight Ball about 14 days after your last frost date.
Harvesting Eight Ball
This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early summer.
Scoop out the inside and use the squash as a bowl for serving salads or dips.