Contains the following baby plants
- DELIVERY INFO: Now taking pre-orders for Spring Plants for 2024. Bare-Rooted Fruit plants will be shipped in Jan. See FAQs for further info.
Colourful Courgette Collection
A fantastic set of different courgette plants
This colourful courgette collection contains 3 plants of each of these super tasty and easy to grow varieties: All Green Bush, Atena Polka, Tondo Chiara di Pizza, Tromboncino Albania. Harvested together you can put together some beautiful summer dishes. It is very easy to grow courgettes from plug plants – they just need sun and lots of compost dug in. Perfect for pots too. A complete growing guide will arrive with your plug plants.
Number of plants: 12 plug plants (3 of each variety)
Space required: An area of approx 1.5m x 4m – Tromboncino will readily climb, so can be grown up a trellis to save space.
In the kitchen: Slice and grill courgettes on the BBQ, slice into ribbons for pretty salads, add to pasta dishes and ratatouille.
THESE PLANTS WILL BE SHIPPED IN SPRING 2024
Delivery Info: Available to order now for delivery from late April 2024 until July 2024. Please see FAQs for up-to-date delivery info.
Planting/Growing Advice: Please see our growing guides for each individual advice for each plant type and for spacing between plug plants.
When to harvest: Please see our growing guides for each individual advice.
*Transplants suitable for organic growing.
Full sun and fertile soil
Full sun and plenty of space is important. Courgettes are hungry plants so make sure you dig in plenty of organic fertiliser when you plant them.
Best grown in beds
Courgettes are large, sprawling plants. If you have the space then go for a raised bed or a bed in a traditional veg patch. If you are growing in pots/containers, choose a large pot (50cm diameter) and go for the Green Bush Courgette variety which is a little more compact than others. You’ll need to keep pruning it, but should get a good crop.
How far apart
80cm apart for Green Bush Courgette, 100cm apart for other varieties.
Protect from cold weather
Do not plant out until all risk of frost has passed. If you are planting out early in the season (April-Early May) it is sensible to protect with horticultural fleece or cloches until night temperatures warm up.
Keep them well watered
Courgettes are thirsty plants and need a lot of water. We’d suggest you water them daily during dry spells. Try not to let the soil dry out.
Male flowers arrive first
Once the plant starts flowering, it will be with male flowers only for the first week or so. Then the female flowers come in and rely on insect pollination to produce fruit.
When to harvest
Courgettes usually start cropping in midsummer. Harvest them before they get too big by cutting them off at the stalk with a knife – they will keep producing more and more for weeks on end!
This fungal white coating on leaves is nothing to be worried about and is very common in all courgettes and squashes. During the early part of the season, leaves should come through nice and green, and towards the end of the season you start to see powdery mildew creep in. If you do have it earlier in the season, remove affected foliage and keep plants well watered to strengthen them.
Blossom End Rot
This is when the end of the courgette that was attached to the flower (the blossom end!) starts to rot. It is usually due to a calcium deficiency that is caused by a lack of water. Once the plant has access to enough water it can successfully draw up calcium from the soil. Keep plants well watered and subsequent fruits should be fine.
Any yellow or brown patches forming on the leaves can usually be attributed to a lack of nutrients. Make sure your courgette plants are getting enough water – the soil should be consistently moist – and use a liquid feed fortnightly once fruits start forming.
Best eaten freshly picked, but they will store for a few days in the fridge.
Ways to cook
One of the best ways to eat courgettes is freshly harvested, sliced and griddled on the barbecue, with a drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of chopped chillies and a sprinkle of mint.
Do I need to sign for them?
All our plug plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plug plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.
We will keep you posted
You will receive an email approximately a week before your order is dispatched and another on the day your plug plants are packed and leave us so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.