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Courgette 'Tondo di Toscana' - Vita Sementi® Italian SeedsCucurbita pepo

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A versatile, round fruited variety with an attractive pale green colour. Courgette 'Tondo di Toscana' can be cropped at different sizes depending on your preferred recipe. Harvest them at golf ball size for eating whole when added raw to salads, or slightly larger for slicing into stir fries. The larger, tennis ball sized courgettes are ideal for stuffing. 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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Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.


Patio, Kitchen Garden

Half-hardy

Full sun

45cm (17.7in)

90cm (35.4in)

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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.

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. 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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Reviews

prolific and delicious 2015-01-18

Started off in the window and planted out as the ground warmed. Planted 4 and due to being neglectful gardeners we didn't nip off extra growth and got 42 courgettes! Bushy growth meant we missed a few and ended up with a couple of 7lb courgettes! Lovely made into soup, fritters and lots more

T&M replied on 2015-01-19: Thank you for your review and for taking the time to share your comments. I hope we can continue to be of service.

These are delicious 2012-08-31

For use in French dishes such as ratatouille via Italian, Turkish, Lebanese and Moroccan cuisine these are a joy. I first tried growing them in 2011 and either the weather or my incompetence led to failure: they germinated in a cold greenhouse (of the plastic-covered variety) but on planting out they soon failed. This year, hope has triumphed over experience, moving young plants sown in mid-March into the soil (both shaded and sunny) and pots from early May until early July. They have thrived, slightly more compact than a typical 'English' courgettes to begin with but now (end of August) sprawling and triffid-like with a succession of round courgettes. Fine to cut at about the size of a snooker ball (will weigh about 100g) but can be left to grow to the size of a very large grapefruit (weight = 500g+).