Courgette – Goldrush F1

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Description

Courgette – Goldrush F1 has slender, golden skinned fruits are produced in profusion throughout the summer. Courgette ‘Goldrush F1’ is a heavy cropper with a vigorous open habit. The stems and foliage are virtually spine free for ease of picking.

Sowing:

Mid April – late May

Spacing:

90cm between plants

Approx. seed count: 7

Courgette – Goldrush F1

Latin name:

Cucurbita pepo

Family:

Cucurbitaceae

Courgette – Goldrush F1 is also an excellent crop for protected cropping.  The yield is substantially higher compared to outdoor production and you can get a much earlier harvest.

Two plants are sufficient to give you a fairly large amount of courgettes for many months.  Courgettes are the young immature fruits and when left to grow they turn into marrows.  Courgettes usually bear dark green fruits but try some yellow and pale green varieties as well.  They are absolutely delicious.

Soil and site

Courgettes need a fertile, free-draining soil which can hold plenty of moisture.  A generous application of well-decomposed compost is beneficial (about 1 bucket per square metre).

They need to be positioned in full sun in the tunnel or greenhouse.

Sowing

Mid March is the earliest time you can sow courgettes for planting in a tunnel in mid April.  Altenatively sow in late April for planting outdoors in late May or better early June.

I sow individual seeds into 7cm pots.  Ideally, the pots are left in a propagator in the greenhouse (20ºC) or on a south-facing windowsill at home.  The plants usually germinate within a week and start growing quickly.  Four to five weeks after sowing they tend to be ready for planting into the tunnel or greenhouse.  If there is a cold spell during this time you may be better off potting the plants on into 10cm pots and they can be held a couple of weeks longer on the heating bench or house.  A late sowing in June will often produce an excellent crop from late summer until the first frost.

Spacing

Courgette plants will become very large so do not underestimate the space they require.  The ideal planting distance is 1 metre.  It is important to stick to this spacing but you can interplant some lettuce or annual spinach into the gaps.  They can be harvested before the courgette plants fill out and require the space.

Plant care

Apart from regular harvesting and keeping the weeds down there is very little else to do.  If you notice that your plants look a bit stunted you can sprinkle some organic poultry pellets around the plots.

It is beneficial to cut off the lower leaves of the plants as soon as they discolour.  Beware though, some people develop a rash on the hands and arms when they scratch the tiny spines on the underside of the leaves.  I would recommend that people sensitive to this choose a spineless variety or wear adequate protection (gloves and long sleeves).  At the beginning of the cropping season, you should remove any fallen flowers and any misshaped fruits as they are likely to be the cause of grey mould.

Harvesting

Courgettes from the early sowing will be ready in early June and they may keep cropping until October.  Harvest courgettes as soon as they are the size you require. In fact, you may have to harvest them about 3 times per week.  Try to cut the fruit carefully with a sharp knife at the stalk without damaging the plant. It is best not to leave overgrown courgettes (marrows) on the plants as this will sap all the energy from it and reduce the production of new fruits.

Storing

Courgettes do not store for more than a week in the fridge.

Potential problems

There are very few problems with courgettes.  The main problem occurs if there is a frosty night after you planted them into the tunnel and greenhouse.  Even a light touch of frost will wipe them out.  So be prepared and cover the plants with a double layer of fleece during cold spells.

At the end of the season plants may get attacked by powdery mildew.  There is no cure for it but it does not kill the plant.  Grey mould is a more serious disease at it can kill the plants.

How much to grow?

Two plants of courgette Goldrush F1  are more than sufficient for a large family.

 

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