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Courgette 'Defender' F1 Hybrid

Cucurbita pepo, Zucchini

Half-hardy Annual

Producing an early crop of firm, remarkably heavy, solid mid-green courgettes with yields that are almost twice that of some other varieties. Courgette 'Defender' has an open habit which lets you see and pick the crop easily. This RHS AGM variety also has excellent resistance to Cucumber Mosaic Virus.Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 90cm (36").

Please note: Delivery is subject to plant size, and adverse growing conditions during production may delay despatch schedules.

 

Culinary note: Courgette flowers are edible.

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.


Companion planting: Try growing courgettes with Calendula to attract pollinating insects which will in turn pollinate your courgette flowers.


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Companion Planting

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden
Flowering Period:
June, July, August
Position:
full sun
    • 5 x 5cm potted plants

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    • Despatch: By end of May 2015
    • £9.99

T&M's easy starter plants are delivered ready for planting at the correct time so that you can enjoy bigger, earlier and tastier vegetables. Gradually acclimatise courgette plants to outdoor conditions over a period of 7 to 10 days prior to planting outdoors.


Grow courgettes in moist, rich fertile, well drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Space courgettes at a distance of 90cm (36") apart, and water thoroughly after planting. Cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. When growing courgettes, a thick mulch of organic matter spread around the plants will help to conserve moisture at the roots.

Water courgettes regularly - do not allow the soil to dry out as this will impair their development. Hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing. Courgettes appreciate an application of a high potash fertiliser every two weeks during the growing season. Hand pollinating courgettes is not usually required when they are grown outdoors. However, for indoor cultivation the female flowers can be fertilised by pressing a male flower against them. Begin harvesting courgettes from midsummer onwards when they are 10cm (4") long. Regular harvesting will encourage more courgettes to be produced. Culinary note: Courgette flowers are edible and can be eaten cooked or added raw to salads.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.


Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.


Please see our Delivery / P&P page for further details and details of any surcharges that may apply to certain destinations.

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