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Cucurbita pepo 'Defender'


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Plant type


Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


Cucurbita pepo 'Defender'

Plant details

Courgettes are tender, spreading plants with large, mottled green leaves and long, slim fruit which are usually harvested when they are about 10cm (4in) long. 'Defender' is a heavy cropping courgette with an open habit for easier picking. It also shows a good degree of resistance to cucumber mosaic virus. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Genus: Cucurbita

Species: pepo

Cultivar: Defender

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May

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