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Hi, I have had 2 courgette plants given, any tips please on successful growing. They seem to have a lot of flowers on long thin stems and not many with the courgette fruit. They are in large pots on a sunny patio. Thanks for any suggestions.



Hi Susie,
My courgettes have always done better in the ground than in pots...In the ground, they don't seem to need anything but harvesting. In pots, the fruits often begin to form then fall off before they're ready.
Due to lack of space this year, I'm giving them another really big pots with lots of feeding...they're really greedy! Still too early to say whether it'll work, though...

14 Jun, 2011


Bees seem to have trouble finding them in pots, too. You may have to hand pollinate them to get good courgettes.

15 Jun, 2011


Do you know there are male and female flowers? The female ones have tiny little swelling behind the flowers. Often the plants produce quite a lot of male flowers before the female ones get started, so this could be the reason.

15 Jun, 2011


Thanks everyone.

16 Jun, 2011

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