We started a zucchini plant in Late July/Early August. It's chances of survival were low. We could not get it to produce fruit. We tried manual pollinating. No success. Then, we gave the zucchi a friend....a traillis.....a pink flamingo.......and from its loins has come the fruit of our labors.....baby zucchinis!!! Yeah!! Hopefully next year we will have some ground in which to have a real life garden....I'm still hoping.