How Do You Tie Zucchini To Stakes?

Zucchini taste roasted, grilled, boiled or raw. They are rich in vitamins and low in calories, a real favorite vegetable! The cultivation is uncomplicated. In small gardens, climbing zucchini is the solution. Read our instructions for growing zucchini on climbing aids.

  • Zucchini on the ground spread strongly
  • Climbing zucchini suitable as a space-saving alternative
  • Planting sticks or lattice required as a climbing aid
  • Zucchini plants do not have tendrils or adhesive roots
  • Tying down necessary

Climbing zucchini

Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) belongs to the cucurbit family. It consists of a sturdy stem with large leaves, decorative flowers and many fruits. The plants grow very quickly. New flowers and fruits are formed regularly. In a sunny to semi-shaded location with a nutrient-rich, well-drained substrate, the plants feel at home. If you want, you can plant them directly on the compost.

Zucchini are not typical climbing plants; they will not climb without help. With a little support, they grow excellently on trellises, trellises and planting sticks. The advantages are obvious. Climbing on a trellis, zucchini takes up much less space. The fruits can be harvested with less strain on the back and rotting on moist soil is prevented. The plants with large yellow flowers look very decorative on trellises and trellises.

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Suitable varieties

Almost any variety can be cultivated as a climbing zucchini with a little help. Varieties with small, insensitive fruits and sturdy stems are suitable.
We have picked out three high-yielding climbers for you:


  • popular variety with aromatic taste
  • Pot culture possible
  • Harvest time: June to October
  • Height of growth: 1 to 2 meters
  • Fruits: 15 to 25 centimeters long, light green
  • Harvest time: June to October

Black Forrest

  • excellent as climbing zucchini
  • Pot culture possible
  • Height of growth: 1 to 2 meters
  • fruits: 10 to 20 centimeters long, dark green
  • large yellow flowers
  • harvest time: July to October
  • very productive


  • suitable for cultivation on a planting pole
  • tub culture possible
  • height of growth: 1,5 to 2 meters
  • resistant to pests and diseases
  • fruits: 15 to 25 centimeters, dark green, crunchy
  • attractive yellow flowers
  • harvest time: July to October
  • very high yielding
Zucchini - Cucurbita pepo


  • Sow zucchini seeds in growing pots with loose sowing soil from mid-March.
  • Place the pots on the windowsill.
  • Keep the soil moist.
  • The optimum germination temperature is 18 to 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Prick out the small plantlets after four weeks. Place one plant in each pot.
  • Place the young plants outdoors on sunny days starting in mid-May to carefully acclimate them to the outdoors.
  • Plant the zucchini plants outdoors or individually in containers at the end of May, spacing them at least 80 inches apart with a planting stick.
  • Tie the plants to the planting stick when they are 20 to 30 centimeters tall.
  • Reattach the plants to the planting pole after each 20 to 30 centimeters of growth.
  • Note: Pick the zucchini fruits just before they ripen. Regular harvesting stimulates the formation of new flowers and fruits.
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Suitable climbing aids

Planting sticks

  • available in different lengths made of wood, plastic or metal
  • very easy to use
  • are driven into the ground next to the plant

wire mesh

  • inexpensive and flexible to use
  • prefer stable variants
  • Note: When tying up, be careful not to injure the plant.


  • can be used flexibly in conjunction with fixed fences or pillars
  • three ropes per plant recommended
  • firm anchoring in the ground required

Trellis frameworks

  • climbing frames for climbing vegetables available in a wide range
  • can be built from wood itself and flexibly designed

Tip: Simply use a ladder as a climbing aid for your zucchini.

Frequently asked questions

What materials are suitable for tying up the shoots?

You can attach the zucchini shoots to the climbing aid with thicker twine. Tomato staples also give good support. Cut strips of plastic netting used for packing vegetables. The strips are weatherproof, sturdy and easily stretched. They prevent the stem from constricting when tied up high.

Why does the climbing zucchini not bear fruit?

Zucchini plants produce female and male flowers. To ensure good pollination, we recommend planting at least two plants. This heavy grower needs a sunny location, nutrient-rich substrate and a reliable water supply.

Can the weight of the zucchini fruit break off the shoots?

If you want to cultivate a climbing zucchini plant, you should choose varieties with small fruits. Large fruits might be too heavy for the plant.

What pot size is recommended for container culture?

A tub with a capacity of 40 liters should be used for a zucchini plant. This will give the fast-growing plant enough support and allow nutrients to be supplied during the first few weeks. Pay attention to regular fertilization and water supply.

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