It is often difficult to estimate when vegetable crops will be ready to be harvested. Weather conditions effect growth and development of the crop and can advance or delay maturity. For flowering vegetables, days from flowering provides a fairly accurate determination of harvest time.
Days from Flowering to Maturity
|Corn, sweet||15-23 (from silking)|
|Eggplant (2/3 maximum size)||25-40|
|Pepper, green stage||45-55|
|Pepper, red stage||60-70|
|Squash, summer, crookneck||6-7|
|Squash, summer, zucchini||3-4|
|Squash, winter, acorn||55-60|
|Squash, winter, butternut||60-70|
|Squash, winter, hubbard||80-90|
This article originally appeared in the June 16, 2000 issue, p. 72.