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Courgette 'Shooting Star' F1 Hybrid

Cucurbita pepo, Zucchini

Half-hardy Annual

From British breeding comes the world's first golden skinned climbing courgette. This striking courgette produces good yields of colourful fruits when harvested regularly. The bright yellow courgettes are less watery than many varieties, making them particularly useful for salads and stir fries. Courgette 'Shooting Star' has an upright, climbing habit that is well suited to growing in smaller gardens against a trellis of fence - tie the stems in regularly to help support the weight of the fruits. Grow them in groups of 3 to improve pollination and maximise your crop. Height: 120cm (47"). Spread: 60cm (24").

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 (8 courgette seeds)

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    • Despatch: Within 1 days
    • £2.69

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.

Despatch: Within 24 hours applies to orders placed online from Sunday to Thursday. Orders placed online on Friday or Saturday will be despatched on Monday. Please note that for Bank Holiday weekends, orders placed Friday to Sunday will be despatched on Tuesday.

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.

Reviews
  1. Fantastic Taste

    By Sjaron Lee 25-11-2016

    I let these scramble over the ground as I never quite made the time to tie them in. I threw away the packet because they didn't seem to be growing too well. Then.... I tasted them. The best tasting courgettes I have ever grown they have a lovely buttery taste. I had to search through my orders to find the name, to make sure I can grow them next year & forever after.

    Natalie
    25-11-2016

    Thank you very much for your review. I am glad that you have been happy with your purchase. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

  2. Super courgette

    By kay fuller 06-12-2015

    I was fortunate enough to get some seeds to trial. Rather than let the plants climb, they spread rapidly across our allotment., in South Essex.We had an abundance of tasty fruit. We were picking right up to October. Thank you

    Richard
    06-12-2015

    Thank you very much for your review. I am glad that you have been happy with the results. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

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