Cucurbita pepo 'Partenon'
Courgette - F1 Hybrid 'Partenon'
Cucurbita pepo Courgette 'Partenon' is a superb choice for extra early crops! Plants do not require pollination to set fruit, therefore adverse weather, poor light levels and a lack of bees do not affect cropping performance! Courgette Parthenon produces excellently flavoured, dark green, slightly speckled 15cm (6in) glossy, cylindrical courgettes in abundance. Suitable for outdoors or the greehouse.
|Botanical name||Cucurbita pepo|
|Common name||Courgette - F1 Hybrid 'Partenon'|
|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 April to May. Sow seeds 2cm (¾ inch) deep in 7.5cm (3 inch) pots of free draining compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and place at 20-25C (68-77F) until after germination which takes 5 to 7 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination. Seeds can also be sown direct outdoors once the soil has warmed and risk of frost has passed. Sow 2 seeds every 60cm (24 inches) and thin out to the best seedling. Gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting out after all risk of frost, 60cm (24 inches) apart.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.|