Dunja is a high yielder of dark-green, straight zucchinis. Open plants and short spines make for an easy harvest.
Intermediate resistance to powdery mildew, papaya ringspot virus, watermelon mosaic virus, and zucchini yellow mosaic virus. pH of 5.8–6.8 is best.
HARVEST FRUIT: It is not uncommon for the first fruits to be malformed, wither, or blacken, which indicates poor pollination and is usually remedied as more male flowers appear. Harvest regularly, 2-3 times a week, once plants begin to produce. Cut or gently twist off fruits when they have reached the desired size. For zucchini, 6-8″ long and 2-3″ in diameter. Handle with care to avoid scratching fruits.
HARVEST BLOSSOMS: Harvest male blossoms (with thin stems) or female blossoms (with thick stems and an immature fruit at the base of the flower) in mid to late morning when fully open. Clip flowers 1-2″ below flower base. If a squash fruit crop is also desired from the same planting, only harvest male flowers, leaving a few to pollinate the female flowers.
LATIN NAME: Cucurbita pepo
SEED: Dunja Organic (F1) Squash Seed from Johnny’s Selected Seeds