Not this year. I have been very impressed with Costata Romanesco and will definitely plant it again next year.
|Costata Romanesco Zucchini|
1.) Squash Vine Borers (SVB's): It has done very well against SVB (note: I am not saying it is immune or resistant). SVB's are around. I have seen the moths and the white scallop that is inter growing with the zucchini has them. I haven't done SVB prevention or surgery and I still have a thriving zucchini vine well over 10 feet long 4 months after I planted it. This is unheard of for me. Maybe I just got lucky? Maybe not?
2.) Taste: I will admit that I am not a zucchini connoisseur and only note a slight difference. However, three people who have eaten it commented on the flavor without being asked. They said it was the best zucchini they had ever eaten.
3.) Production: It is very prolific. Since it is an heirloom it probably produces less than hybrids. However, we have gotten over 95 lbs. this summer (and one vine is still going strong). That is more than enough for us. We pick an average of 1 good sized zucchini every day or so.
4.) Disease: It has had powdery mildew since early July and is still producing. I sprayed with Serenade once and then decided I was sick of zucchini and it would be alright if it died. Production has dropped (from 1 day to 1 every other day) but it is still going strong!
The only negatives about it are that it is a very big plant and the zukes go from manageable size to baseball bats overnight (especially if you get a good rain). Honestly, these are not really negatives in my book so that is why Costata Romanesco is getting a place in the garden next year.