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Cucurbita pepo 'Tiger Cross'

Marrow

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Michael Howes, copyright GAP Photos (151630)

Plant details

Marrows are popular summer squashes, with prolific crops of large solid fruits that can be used immediately or stored for several weeks if ripened fully in autumn. There are trailing kinds, which make masses of sprawling shoots, ideal as ground cover under sweetcorn, and bushy types such as 'Tiger Cross', which grow like courgettes but with larger fruits. They are lush greedy plants, yielding best on heavily manured soil with plenty of water in summer. Cut fruits while still comparatively small to stimulate further cropping, leaving the last to reach full size. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Genus: Cucurbita

Species: pepo

Cultivar: Tiger Cross

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: 60cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May


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