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Cucurbita pepo 'Venus' F1 Hybrid
Courgette 'Venus' F1 Hybrid 'Venus' F1 Hybrid

Cucurbita pepo 'Venus' F1 Hybrid Courgette 'Venus' F1 Hybrid 'Venus' F1 Hybrid
RHS Award of Garden Merit
£2.99 0820007096 Category: Seeds > Vegetable Seeds
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Cucurbita pepo Courgette 'Venus' produces neatly compact plants which will produce a heavy crop of shiny, dark green cylindrical fruits throughout Summer. Courgette Venus seeds in the RHS Vegetable Collection will produce over an impressively long season if harvested regularly. Harvest from June to frosts, protect with cloches to extend the season.

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Awards RHS Award of Garden Merit
Berry colour Green
Botanical name Cucurbita pepo
Common name Courgette 'Venus' F1 Hybrid 'Venus' F1 Hybrid
Drought resistance N
Flower colour Yellow
Flowering time Summer
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage colour Green
Fragrance N
Habit Bushy
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 from April to May. 2.5cm (1in) deep in pots or trays of good seed compost at 2C (68F) under glass or in a propagator. Protect emerging seedlings from direct sunlight to avoid scorching. Alternatively sow seeds direct outdoors, 2.5cm (1in) deep from mid May. Pot on individual seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) pots of compost and keep barely moist to avoid stem rot. Maintain a temperature of about 2C (68F). Plant out 75x75cm (3x3in) apart once frost risk passed. Outdoor plantings will be pollinated by insects but those under glass will require pollinating.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 1cm (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.

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