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.
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None of the seeds germinated
By Lesley Peto 19-05-2015
Unfortunately this variety completely failed for me, none of the seeds germinated in the propagator, as a seasoned grower this has never occured before.Very disappointed.
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Excellent produce for a first time vegetable grower
By Helen Jacob-Lloyd 14-08-2012
At the start of spring this year (2012) I decided to start growing some vegetables, but as I only have a patio garden I bought some patio garden growers, which aren't particularly deep. I was concerned the courgettes would struggle with having confined space of a smallish square patio grower but I was pleasantly suprised! I have never grown vegetables before, so I followed th instructions very carefully, I started growing the seedlings inside and when it was warm enough I transferred them outside. They grew really well and managed to fight off the constant attack from slugs (I wanted to grow them organically and did!). They grew quickly and I have got a big yield from the only half of the packet. There are still loads growing and I've eaten about 6 already! Once they started growing they have taken little attention and care compared to some other vegetables. I'd highly recommend these courgette seeds, they are full of flavour and texture, as well as easy to grow!
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