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Cucurbita pepo 'Gold Rush'

Courgette

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Juliette Wade, copyright GAP Photos (99194)

Plant details

Although popularly regarded as immature marrows, courgettes need to be smooth and tender-skinned, and not all marrows are suitable for courgette production. Special varieties have been developed, all bushy types and yielding numerous small fruits which are green, striped, white or spherical, or bright gold as in 'Gold Rush'. They are very tender plants, and are sown outdoors under jam-jars or cloches for protection, or indoors for earlier plants transferred outside after the last frosts. Cut fruits regularly while small. The bright yellow flowers are also edible.

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Genus: Cucurbita

Species: pepo

Cultivar: Gold Rush

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May


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