Black Beauty Zucchini
This is the classic, mildly flavored, dark green, oblong zucchini that helped make zucchini popular.

Black Beauty Zucchini

  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 2 inches by 8 inches
  • Matures: 48 days
  • Plant spacing: 48 inches apart

Heirloom. A 1957 All-America Selections winner, this early and prolific heirloom variety has been exceedingly popular for its very dark green skin and creamy white flesh. You know what they say about zucchini, “plant it and stand back.” The fast-growing plants are very easy to grow and will continue to produce abundantly through summer if kept picked. Use in soups, salads, and casseroles. Great sliced thin for dips, battered and fried, or in veggie lasagna. Freezes well. Harvest while skins are still tender; pick really small for “baby zucchini.”

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Black Beauty Zucchini is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not my usual zucchini: At first I was very pleaed at the growth and abundant flowers. But the plant never vined out. It stayed upright and was beautiful. It was/is producing zucchini at the base. A few leaves withered last week and I came home yesterday to see all the mature leaves dead in 8 hours time. It is the strangest acting zuchhini ever. The fruit is small 6" x 1" and doesn't seem to want to grow any larger. I told my husband to trash it but he cut it back to reveal 4 young, healthy leaves. Still no vine. When the mature leaves died it was waist high. (I had to check the Taste button but have not actually harvested any full grown yet)
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from All male flowers, no fruit 2nd year it's happened For the second year in a row, I bought the black beauty zucchini hoping for a large crop, since we eat a LOT of zucchini. The first year, plants were beautiful, but flowers all kept dropping off, no fruit. This year, I read that possibly the flowers weren't being pollinated, so I decided to pollinate them myself. Well, there's no point, because ALL of the flowers have been male. I wasn't sure at first, so I pollinated all of them, but upon reading more about how to recognize the male flowers from the female, I realized that none of the flowers have been female! What's up with that? How can I grow any zucchini with all male flowers? In retrospect, this is probably what happened last year as well. Since Bonnie is the brand that all of the local stores carry (Lowe's, grocery stores), I guess I'm just going to have to order seeds from another company and start the plants myself. VERY disappointed!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed: I got a late start this year and bought some nice looking black beauty plants. I have tended them daily, and while the plants are thriving, production is not, and the one fruit that I picked was rather round, very hard on the exterior, and had immature seeds that looked very much like winter squash seeds. The taste was very bland, and I'm a bit disappointed that we won't be having any delicious homegrown zucchini this summer. Next time, I'll buy seed from a reliable source.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soooo easy!: I use a tomato cage around my zucchini just to help with support and so the plant doesn't take over my vegetable garden. I live in zone 7a/b (Hampton Roads, VA) and these babies grow FAST! I transplanted at the end of May and I would say the plant stands 5 feet tall (tomato cage) and I have already had my first harvest of 4 seven inchers with several more ready in the next day or two.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I put this in the ground from a 4" pot in early May. Two months later it is easily 4' tall and at least that around. It is a big bush! The yield has been awesome, too. I pick about 5 zucchini a week from the plant. We use it in salad, raw, make zucchini bread and saute it as a veggie side dish. Great plant, just beware, have plenty of room for it, it is BIG.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favorite summer squash to grow!: Just plant it and stand back! I've already had my first harvest and even my 10 and 12 year olds love tending to them!
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Perplexed! I bought beautiful small plants for my new raised beds. The first week they were thriving and then they were taken over (the yellow squash, too) by white powdery mildew all over the leaves and stems. I ordered Neem oil online but also read that baking soda in water sprayed on the plants would get rid of the mildew. So, I sprayed with baking soda water when the sun went down and the next day the leaves looked dehydrated. The mildew came back the next day after that. I then sprayed with Neem oil per bottle directions and the plants seem to be doing a little better but with far less leaves which I had to remove. Flowers come and go, but still no indication of squash forming. I planted on June 16; today is July 9. I read that it takes 53 days to mature, so maybe it is still too soon to see something forming. Will patiently wait.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good: Don't get me wrong, i like gardening even though this is my first time but its been in the ground for five weeks and it hasn't changed much. I am sure it will grow but I don't get why its still small.
Date published: 2016-03-12
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