Cucurbita pepo 'Midnight'
Courgette - F1 Hybrid 'Midnight'
Cucurbita pepo Courgette 'Midnight' is the result of British breeding at its best! This super variety has very compact, bushy plants, ideal for growing in containers. The stems and leaves of Courgette Midnight are spine-free allowing easy harvesting of the delicious dark green, slightly-speckled courgettes.
|Botanical name||Cucurbita pepo|
|Common name||Courgette - F1 Hybrid 'Midnight'|
|Plant type||Vegetable Seeds|
|Season of interest||Summer|
|Time to maturity||1 - 2 years|
|Ultimate height||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Ultimate spread||0.6m - 1m|
|Useful/additional information||Sow seeds April to early June under glass for transplanting outdoors. Sow seeds 2cm (¾in) deep in 7.5cm (3in) pots of good seed compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and place at 21-25C (70-77F) until after germination which takes 5-7 days. Can also be sown direct outdoors from mid May once the soil has warmed and risk of frost has passed, 2.5cm (1in) deep at 60cm (24in) apart in rows 60cm (24in) apart. Gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting out after all risk of frost has passed, 60cm (24in) apart each way.Water courgettes regularly in" do not allow the soil to dry out as this will impair their development. Hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing. Courgettes appreciate an application of a high potash fertiliser every two weeks during the growing season. Hand pollinating courgettes is not usually required when they are grown outdoors. However, for indoor cultivation the female flowers can be fertilised by pressing a male flower against them. Begin harvesting courgettes from midsummer onwards when they are 10cm (4in) long. Regular harvesting will encourage more courgettes to be produced. Culinary note: Courgette flowers are edible and can be eaten cooked or added raw to salads.|