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Courgette / zucchini & squash

Courgette plants from Lubera

If you love summer cuisine, you should certainly grow courgettes or zucchini. Courgette plants are one of the most popular vegetables to grow in our gardens.

   
 
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More information about courgette plants

 

With good care, a courgette plant will provide you with a constant supply throughout the summer. It is also very decorative for your garden and its yellow flowers are even edible.

 

 

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A courgette is a fairly low-maintenance vegetable which, under optimal conditions, produces above-average yields. As a rule of thumb: for a lush harvest in your own garden or on the balcony, two plants are enough to supply a small family. With our preferred courgette plants, the first flowers are often visible as early as the end of May/beginning of June.

Our robust courgette variety ‘Grey Zucchini’ is ideally suited for outdoor cultivation. It produces long, slender fruits and guarantees a continuous harvest of the versatile fruit.

 

The right location

 

Courgettes love a warm, sunny and sheltered place. They are highly hungry and therefore need a nutrient-rich soil. Before planting, it is recommended to incorporate horn shavings or compost into the soil - or our ‘Frutilizer® Compound Fertiliser Plus’, which also improves the soil.

A good location is also the foot of the compost heap or in a raised bed. If you have already reserved your garden beds for other plants, you can also place the courgette plant in a container or plant bag and place it on the terrace or balcony. Remember that the courgettes need a lot of space in the width - so neither the balcony nor the planter (at least 20 litres are recommended) should be too small.

 

Planting 

 

Planting out is possible after the frosts, at the end of May. The planting distances should be 80-100 centimetres on all sides.

 

Care and fertilisation

 

Your courgette plants are quite frugal in terms of care but they need many nutrients. In any case, you should water them regularly, preferably directly into the ground to avoid fungal attack. It is certainly also an advantage to mulch the soil in the open field (soil stays moist longer, fewer weeds, fertilising effect of the mulch, fruits do not rot as quickly).

For a good nutrient supply, you can regularly supply your plants with compost, horn shavings or another organic fertiliser, e.g. stinging nettle liquid manure. The application of a liquid fertiliser is of course also possible.

 

Suitable planting partners for courgettes

 

Courgettes are well suited for mixed cultivation. Good planting partners are nasturtium, leek, onions and runner beans.

 

Flowers and pollination

 

Courgette plants have male and female flowers. The male flowers, which do not produce fruit, can be recognised by the missing ovaries and are located at the end of a long stem. In cool and rainy summers, it is possible that these will outnumber the others due to the lack of insect flight. The male flowers can be used wonderfully in the kitchen. Dip them into a pastry mix, for example, and bake the mixture - an ingenious starter.

If you want to encourage pollination, you can help with a brush, or push the stamens of a male flower into the female flower funnel. When autumn comes slowly, you can remove new flowers completely. Then the plant puts its strength into the already formed fruits.

 

Harvesting

 

Harvesting of early-ripening varieties begins five to six weeks after planting. Harvesting begins as soon as the fruits are ten to a maximum of 20 centimetres long. The more often you harvest, the more fruit will be formed. The fruits can simply be twisted off or cut off. Larger courgettes do not taste as good, but longer-grown specimens can be stored better.

 

Obtaining seeds

 

If you let courgette fruits grow undisturbed, they develop an impressive size. At the same time, their seeds also ripen inside: if the skin is so firm that it can no longer be scratched, you can remove the seeds. These remain germinable for four to five years if stored in a cool, dry place. Alternatively, you can of course also buy your courgette seeds in the Lubera garden shop. From the round, apple-sized variety ‘Satelite’ to the yellow ‘Soleil‘- we have a wide range for you.

 

Overwintering

 

Courgette plants are annual and cannot be overwintered.

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