Cucurbita pepo 'Orella'


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photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (152902)

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Fast-growing, highly productive courgettes like 'Orella' are easily grown from seed in spring, and shoot up quickly in a windowsill pot. Move into a larger size pot, and then harden off outside through May, bringing them under cover on cold nights. Plant out in June, having added plenty of organic matter to the soil, but beware slugs. Water well in dry spells, and pick the yellow fruit when about 10cm long. If left too long the courgettes swell up, become marrows, lose flavour, and the plant becomes less productive. The tasty, edible flowers can be used in salads, etc.

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Genus: Cucurbita

Species: pepo

Cultivar: Orella

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 75cm

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