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Courgette 'All Green Bush'

Cucurbita pepo, Zucchini

Half-hardy Annual

This reliable variety is quick to mature and will crop all summer long and with regular harvesting. The abundant, dark skinned fruits of Courgette 'All green Bush' should be harvested as baby courgettes at about 10cm (4") long for the best flavour. This heavy yielding courgette has tender skins making it ideal for cooking whole. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 90cm (35").


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


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

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden
Flowering Period:
June, July, August
Sowing Months:
April, May, June
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (25 courgette seeds)

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    • Despatch: By end of February 2016
    • £2.99

Sow courgette seed indoors from April to May for transplanting later on, or direct sow outdoors from late May to June. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to improve its structure and fertility.


Indoors, sow seed at a depth of 2cm (¾") in 7.5cm (3") pots of free-draining, seed sowing compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 20-25C (68-77F) until germination which takes 5-7 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination. Once germinated, grow courgettes on in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and courgette plants are large enough to be transplanted. Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 - 10 days before planting courgettes outdoors in rich fertile, well drained soil in full sun at a distance of 90cm (36") apart. 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.


Alternatively direct sow courgettes outdoors at a depth of 2cm (¾") and a distance of 90cm (36") apart. Sow 2 seeds per hole and thin out the weakest seedling per station after germination.

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.


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Reviews
  1. Problems with pollinating

    By Alyson Klein 12-07-2015

    Although there appears to be plenty of insects in my garden (lavender attracts bees) from 2 plants so far only 1 courgette has pollinated, the others flower, but then shrivel from the end. There also seems to be a lack of male flowers so at present I can even hand pollinate :(

    Ryan
    13-07-2015

    Thank you for your review. I am sorry to learn of your disappointment with your purchase. If you would like to contact our Customer Care Department at ccare@thompson-morgan.com, one of our agents will be more than happy to look in to this further for you.

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