Cucurbita pepo 'Safari'
Courgette - F1 Hybrid 'Safari'
Cucurbita pepo Courgette 'Safari' is the unique result of British breeding; a striped green, smooth courgette on scratch free stems, open habit plants for ease of cutting with striking silvery leaves. Attractive plants make a bold statement in the vegetable plot and the eye-catching tasty fruits look great sliced. Prolific cropper producing high yields of striped green fruits.
|Berry colour||Green, Variegated/Patterned|
|Botanical name||Cucurbita pepo|
|Common name||Courgette - F1 Hybrid 'Safari'|
|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 seed, 2cm (¾in) deep in 7.5cm (3in) 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 5-7 days. Do not exclude light, as this helps germination. Can also be sown direct outdoors once the soil has warmed and risk of frost has passed. Sow 2 seeds every 60cm (24in) and thin out to the best seedling. Gradually acclimatise indoor grown plants to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting out after all risk of frost, 60cm (24in) 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.|