When should I feed my courgette plants?

When to grow courgettes

In theory, you want about one plant per adult. Once the plants are well established, you shouldn’t need to water them more than once a week, taking care not to wet the plant itself. The first courgettes could be ready just eight weeks after sowing.

One may also ask, should I cut off male courgette flowers? If the summer is poor courgette plants may respond with poor pollination. Courgette plants produce male and female flowers. Pick a male flower, remove outside leaves and then brush the anther (middle bit of male flower) over the inside of the female flower (stigma) and it should pollinate.

In this way, how do you take care of courgette plants?


  1. Courgettes need plenty of water, but take care always to water at the base of the plant only or they’ll rot.
  2. Keeping the soil permanently just moist is ideal.
  3. The large fleshy flowers can be eaten, but fewer courgettes will develop if you harvest too many.

How many courgette plants do I need?

Sowing and Growing Requirements for Courgette Make sure that you leave courgettes enough space to grow. Each plant will need around 1m² – but only two plants are needed to provide more than enough courgettes for the average family.

Can you over water courgettes?

Courgettes will also be fine in an unheated greenhouse or poly tunnel but you must cover them with fleece at night to protect them from possible frost damage. Keep the compost reasonably moist but don’t over water while the seed is germinating.

Should you cut leaves off courgette plants?

When pruning zucchini plant leaves, take care not to remove all the leaves. When cutting leaves to give zucchini more sun, just cut the bigger ones, and make the cuts close to the base of the plant, leaving all others. You can also cut off any dead or brown leaves that may be present.

Do slugs eat courgette plants?

SLUGS AND SNAIL DAMAGE TO COURGETTES These can decimate courgette plants before they ever get the chance to produce a crop. As soon as the plants start to fill the bottle remove it. At this stage the leaves are less attractive to slugs and the plants are strong enough to grow through any slug and snail damage.

Why do my courgettes go rotten at the end?

This is blossom end rot that commonly affects tomatoes, courgettes and capsicums. Often it is caused by a lack of calcium and magnesium. It can also be caused by irregular watering – the plant drying out and then heavily watered.

How long after flowering do courgettes appear?

four to eight days

Do courgette plants regrow?

Zucchini is a short-season crop and it takes about 60 days for the plant to reach maturity. Zucchini plants do not grow well until both soil and air temperatures are above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the weather turns cold in fall, zucchini plants begin to die back in response to lower temperatures and lack of light.

Can you grow courgettes in pots?

You can also grow courgettes, marrows and summer squashes in growing bags or containers (at least 45cm/18in wide). Plant one or two per growbag, or one per container. These will need regular watering as they mature.

Why are my courgette plants not growing?

Zucchini growing problems can also stem from irregular soil moisture levels. If plants are allowed to dry out between waterings, fruit production can be negatively impacted. Drought stress is never good for vegetable crops, and zucchinis require consistent, even soil moisture throughout the growing season.

Do courgette plants climb?

Courgettes are easy to grow vegetable plants that crop prolifically through summer and into early autumn. There are several types of courgette, plants can be compact and bushy, trailing or climbing, and fruits can be green, striped or yellow.

Can you freeze courgettes?

Place the cooked courgettes on a tray and allow them to cool. Pack them in a freezer bag separating usable portions with cling film. Place the labelled and dated bag in the freezer. They will keep for 3 months in a standard freezer.

How do you store courgettes after harvesting?

Store zucchini unwashed in a perforated or loosely closed plastic bag for up to one week. Don’t wash or cut up the zucchini until ready to use. To freeze zucchini for later use, wash and cut into 1-inch chunks before freezing in a zipper-topped freezer bag.

How do you pronounce courgette?

The American name for a courgette is ‘zucchini’.

How do you eat courgettes?

To prepare: Courgettes do not need to be peeled – trim the ends off and either cook whole or slice into rounds or strips, wash before use. To cook: Cook in boiling water or steam for 2 to 5 minutes, depending on size, until tender. Or fry courgette slices for 5-10 minutes until tender.

Do courgettes have male and female flowers?

On a courgette you get two different types of flowers – the male and the female. Early in the season the plant will produce lots of male flowers (which bear no fruit) and then female flowers will start to appear – these will have a distinctive ‘swelling’ behind the flowers – this is the courgette.