Cucurbita pepo 'Soleil'
Courgette - F1 Hybrid 'Soleil'
Cucurbita pepo Courgette 'Soleil' is a superb garden variety. Plants in our trials remained healthy and were slower to succumb to mildew than any other courgette variety, thus extending the harvesting period. The bushy plants of Courgette Soleil produce a huge number of smooth, straight, delicious, yellow courgettes, adding colour to your meals. Early maturing fruits and long harvest season if cut regularly. Seeds are in the RHS Vegetable Collection.
|Awards||RHS Award of Garden Merit|
|Botanical name||Cucurbita pepo|
|Common name||Courgette - F1 Hybrid 'Soleil'|
|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 mid April to June under glass to transplant outdoors. Sow mid May to early June outdoors. Sow seeds 2cm (3/4 in) 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 once the soil has warmed and risk of frost has passed, 2.5cm (1in) deep at 75cm (3in) apart each way. Gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting out after all risk of frost has passed, 75cm (3in) 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.|