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15/08/2014 at 15:33

Hi, 

I planted 4 courgette plants in May, only one survived.

I have had to try hand pollinating with 50% success.

The plant developed one courgette which I have let grow on, It's now about 16" long & 4-5" in diameter..... I really like stuffed Marrow

As yet, this has been the only female flower to set (?) although there has been one other that I tried to  pollinate but it rotted.

 

Has my growing the one successful courgette into a marrow affected the plant in any way preventing the production of female flowers, or won't it have made any difference ?

 

Cheers 

 

Chris

15/08/2014 at 15:36
I think it does supress the formation of further fruit as the energy is put into that one

I may be wrong tho
15/08/2014 at 16:23

That's what I find as well.  

15/08/2014 at 16:33

Picking them whilst still small will promote further fruit ( probably far too many  ).

If you want marrow size fruits, probably best to grow a marrow...I don't grow them but I think there are several good varieties available

15/08/2014 at 19:52

I always pick the first ones of when small to get them going then you can leave them to turn to marrows ,Iv'e grown some round ones this year and they are doing better than the others they are flesher also and offer themselves up for stuffing and roasting better yum yum  lol

15/08/2014 at 20:01

Thanks, point taken, I just didn't want to miss out on my stuffed marrow & with only one to choose from I left it to grow on.

Next year I will try & make sure all my plants survive 

I will cut it tomorrow in the hope that more fruits will develop, I have noticed another female starting to develop. It's about 2"

There is a male flower that's already opening & I guess the female is at least a week away from opening. Is there any way to preserve the male pollen until the female is ready for me to "make like the bees" 

 

What variety of round ones did you grow derbyduck & how big do you let them get?

15/08/2014 at 20:26
You could try picking the male and keeping it in the fridge? Or i suppose you could run a paintbrush/cotton bud over it and keep that in the fridge until the female opens
15/08/2014 at 23:50

I would say let them get on with it!  Courgettes and marrows don't need any help. Or am I missing something?

16/08/2014 at 00:59

You're not missing anything, apart from the fact that mine never seem to produce many fruits that set.

I was told this is a pollination problem and so I give a helping hand.

The issue has been compounded this year because I only had one plant survive. Under "ideal", or even "fair" conditions I would expect them, as you say, to get on with it.

Mine seem reluctant to do so 

16/08/2014 at 08:35
Everyone has something that wont do well for them but grows like a weed for everyone else, mine is spring onions! Silly eh

What happened to your courgettes? Was it slugs? Ive found SAS spray from the OGC, it just deters them, i dont think its intended for this use, but i spray it on the young plants and it works a treat, one or two cans usually last me a season depending on what im growing. Its made from yucca i think, nothing nasty
16/08/2014 at 12:42

I suspect it was slugs although I had someone else plant them for me because I was out of action at the time....very long story...I don't think they were planted with any care & suspect damage to the roots. Slugs finished them off. I kept one back, I'm cautious like that, & planted it myself, that's the one that survived.

 

I don't know what SAS spray is.....does it prevent the army from using your garden as a training ground ?  

 

I assume that OGC is organic garden control?

Excuse my ignorance....where would I get it from?

 

Cheers

Chris

16/08/2014 at 14:58
Im sorry, i tend to shorten things bacause i cant spell! Dunno about the actual SAS! , I meant the organic gardening catalogue/chase organics, i think its made to be sprayed around doors etc to deter slugs etc, but i use it inside the greenhouse, under the rims of pots/seed trays and spray on leaves, ive even found it useful to bring plants back from the brink of being munched to death!

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