Courgette rot

by Pippa Greenwood

...the recent soggy, damp weather [...] has meant that all the later flowers on the courgettes and marrows have quickly rotted.

Courgette rotThe weather this year has been far from ideal for raising squashes - my plants are still undersized and you'd almost need a magnifying glass to see the fruits! Courgettes and marrows, though, have had a brilliant year, with the marrows reaching epic proportions.

However, the recent soggy, damp weather - which infuriatingly doesn't involve 'useful' rain, which actually penetrates to the plants' roots - has meant that all the later flowers on the courgettes and marrows have quickly rotted. The rot from the flower spreads back into the young courgette. Although there is little you can do about the weather, it is well worth checking courgettes and marrows daily. As soon as the fruit is formed, I pick off the flower, ideally before the petals get a chance to deteriorate. If the rot has already started then I remove the flower as soon as possible. Caught before the brown rotting spreads to the fruit-end of the flower, you can invariably stop the problem ruining the fruit itself. It doesn't take long and makes all the difference.

I welcome an unending supply of courgettes, but others might complain that they are overwhelmed by their crop. My solution? I make a courgette soufflé, using coarsely grated courgette, with a little less liquid than I might for an ordinary soufflé. It does have a rather unusual green colour inside, but the taste and texture are wonderful!

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Gardeners' World Web User 03/09/2009 at 17:13

Can anyone tell me why my courgettes and cucumbers start growing great then the leaves go white just like paper. am getting fresh growth with courgetts and some fruit but have lost all my cucumbers. Many thanks.

Gardeners' World Web User 03/09/2009 at 18:51

my marrows wont grow any bigger than 8 inches other ppl on the allotment have told me to use shandy because it grows better when watered with because they like beer is this correct

Gardeners' World Web User 03/09/2009 at 21:07

My courgettes are in the polytunnel and are OK, but my Crown Prince Pumpkin is outside, and most of the female flowers seem to be getting filled with rain before they can get pollinated. Any suggestions Please.

Gardeners' World Web User 04/09/2009 at 20:02

Thanks for the information. I did not know what was causing the rot, particularly with a bright green club shaped variety. No mildew though.

Gardeners' World Web User 05/09/2009 at 18:39

We have not had too much rain in the part of sussex where i live and my courgettes have been very good i`ve even sold some to a local restaurant and i only have 2 plants. I just cut off the mildewy leaves.

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