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With a unique climbing habit Courgette 'Black Forest' makes a great space saving variety for growing in containers on the patio. The long stems will need tying onto a trellis or netting to gently train them upwards. Courgette Black Forest will produce heavy yields of dark green, smooth, cylindrical 15cm (6") courgettes if picked regularly throughout the summer. Height: 120cm (48"). Spread: 60cm (24").
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.
Patio, Kitchen Garden
1 Packet (4 Courgette Seeds) (TT00783)
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 ( 3/4") 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. Black Forest plants will require a trellis or netting support and the stems carefully tied in. 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 ( 3/4") and a distance of 90cm (36") apart. Sow 2 seeds per hole and thin out the weakest seedling per station after germination.
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Amazing growth 2015-05-29
The seeds are expensive when compared to some varieties but these are worth it. Here we are at the end of May and I am already picking courgettes and the plants are only two feet tall!. This should be an interesting summer for courgettes, looks like I shall have to dig out all those old recipes for courgettes again.
T&M replied on 2015-05-29: Thank you for your review and for taking the time to share your wonderful comments. I hope we can continue to be of service.
I love these! This summer was their biggest challenge since we have had a cold July and August here in the southwest. This is at least my 4th year growing this variety and I've yet to be disappointed. Surprisingly, they grew better this year than past years with massive leaves barely troubled by the mildew which plagues the other courgettes. So far I have picked 16 kilos from two plants.
T&M replied on 2015-09-02: Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am glad to hear that you have had success with this variety. I hope we can continue to be of service.
Day of the Triffids 2013-12-09
I have to laugh. I was thinking Triffid when I went to write this but have been beaten to it twice! A very productive plant but be warned . I did not train mine up and one is now 15 feet long taking up the entire side of my polytunnel. Great if you have the space, but I will stick to a more compact variety next year.
Triffid is a more appt name for this plant. After many years of only a few weeks of success fruiting from other varieties these plants are a joy to grow, if only I could reach the top which gre over the green house roof. Highly recommend them
Tasty Triffids 2012-08-27
Black forest is the perfect name to discrible this variety as that is exactly what i found in place of my greenhouse after returning home from a holiday.Left to there own devices these tasty triffids will grow way past the 120cm height it states on the packet. Huge yield of tasty fruits and beautifull flowers!
Excellent courgette for small spaces 2011-09-20
These courgettes seem to cope with damp conditions so much better than any other, so we find we get a much bigger crop than any other kind of courgette. They do need to be tied in but they take up less space than a normal courgette - they certainly get my vote when choosing a courgette variety
WHAT A CLIMBER! 2011-09-13
Have grown this climbing courgette now for three years over an archway - one plant eitherside - they meet in the middle at the top and cross over. They produce lovely, flavoursome courgettes all summer and well into the autumn if it is kind and make a most unusual arched entrance into my veg patch especially when in flower. I would recommend this courgette to anyone short on space - it is worth cultivating and always produces well.
Climbing and still going strong 2011-09-11
I write this in November (having yet to experience a frost) at which time my plant is still growing strong and producing courgettes having, with support, scaled a trellis and grown onwards to a length of over 12 feet whilst consistently providing a harvest along the way. Unlike other varieties grown at the same time, the stunning dinner plate size flowers produce courgettes that have resisted fungal attacks. I will certainly grow again and have no hesitation in recommending.
True climbing courgette 2010-09-28
We have grown these courgettes very successfully on a trellis fence this year. (We have heavy clay soil, which has been improved with some well rotted manure, but it's still extremely heavy and prone to waterlogging.) They look great in flower, and have produced a reasonable crop of beautifully sweet tasty fruits, with no bitterness at all. Powdery mildew has set in now, but we'll be growing them again next year as a decorative feature as well as a worthwhile food crop. - Highly recommended.