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By Waddy

West Yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

Along with number of other veg plants I've just received in the post were 3 Squash plants. They looked a bit dry so I've watered them prior to planting out. Trouble is they still look very limp. Will they recover? Also how do I look after them? I've never grown Squash before, but have grown Cougettes.



Well treat like courgettes but why one earth did you buy on-line! plants are more than likely dead already

1 Jun, 2012


Agree with MG - I have wasted money doing this with other plants, and squash seeds are really easy to germinate. I don't think it's too late to try finding and growing some. I'm about to plant out some seedlings I sowed just about a fortnight ago.

2 Jun, 2012


Or go along to your local nursery and buy there, they will still have for sale but avoid the likes of Lidl for veggie plants.

2 Jun, 2012


I didn't actually order them online, they came as 'free vegetable plants' when I subscribed to the 'Grow Your Own' magazine. I've learnt the hard way not to normally buy plants this way.

2 Jun, 2012


Well, Waddy, if they DO recover, Give them as much space and sun as you can. They are quite similar to courgettes in their requirements. Moongrower, I think, grows them on compost heaps for the heat, is that right, MG? They can sprawl a lot, so if you are short of space, think carefully before planting them. Nip out the leading shoot when you have about 3 or 4 side ones. If you let them keep growing, not all the fruits will come to anything much.

2 Jun, 2012


Not quite Gattina that is how they used to be grown, our compost is in bins so wouldn't work. Friends of our grew on a turf heap last year and had a huge number of courgettes, I think they nearly reached the point of eating them for breakfast :-)

2 Jun, 2012


Nearly right! :o)
We've been there with the courgettes! You can't give 'em away by the beginning of July.

2 Jun, 2012


You'd think the publishers of Grow Your Own would have had more sense that to send out plants... packets of seed is one thing live plant material an entirely different ballgame

2 Jun, 2012

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