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Courgette Midnight | 5 Large Plug Plants

Dark green glossy fruits are produced on completely spineless plants. Very easy to pick. Ideal in patio pots.

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310013 Price:  £6.99

Courgette Midnight is a very high yielding variety that is very quick to fruit. Our courgette plug plants can be planted in growbags and are great in patio pots. Dark green glossy fruits are produced on completely spineless plants. Very easy to pick.

You will receive a pack of 5 Premium Quality Professionally Produced Plug Plants. All orders are carefully packed and shipped in our specially designed packaging. Plant your plug plants into 10cm pots and grow on with cold weather protection, then plant out once the danger of frost has passed. Click Here For our Courgette Growing Guide

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Brand:  Brookside Nursery
Supplied as:  5 Large Plug Plants
Eventual Height:  60-90cm (24-35")
Eventual Spread:  60cm (24")
Position:  Full Sun
Suitable for Patio Containers?  Yes
Harvesting Period:  July to October
Spacing:  45cm (18") Apart
Botanical name:  Cucurbita pepo

Free UK delivery on all orders over £40!

For all orders under £40 in value we make a one off P&P charge of £4.95 per order.

Smaller orders are dispatched via Royal Mail 1st Class, larger orders via Parcelforce 24.

We are the only online plug plants supplier to offer a choice of a specific dispatch week for your order. When placing your order, use the drop down box above to select your required dispatch week. You can also alter dispatch weeks in the shopping basket.

All our plug plants are shipped in specially designed packaging to keep the root system in place and the foliage protected in transit.

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We can also deliver plants to most EU countries. Delivery charges are dependant on the delivery country and start from £19.99 per order.  For more information about international deliveries, please click here.

Size guide - Pack of 5 Large Plug Plants 

Pot Ready, Large, Healthy plants individually rooted in large plugs of compost. Ideal for planting into baskets, containers or small areas in the garden. Best results achieved if grown on for a short while in 9cm/10cm pots prior to planting out if planting straight into garden borders. Tender varieties will need protecting from frost. Compost volume around 4-5cm deep x 3-4cm square. Foliage height 5cm-12cm (depending on variety). Full growing instructions are provided.

General Growing Advice

Using a good quality multi-purpose compost, pot up your plugs into 10cm pots.  Once your plug plants have been potted on and labelled, water them in well and grow on for around 5-6 weeks.  Water once the compost starts to dry out but remember.

If preferred you can pot on the plugs into hanging baskets, flower bags or pots. Add a slow release plant food like Miracle-Gro Slow Release All Purpose Plant Food  to your compost which will give extra nutrients for strong and healthy plant growth.

Keep plants frost free until mid/late May and then harden off before being placed in their final positions when the risk of frost has passed in your area.

Water as necessary giving a liquid feed such as Neudorff Organic Plant Feed as instructed throughout the growing season.

***For packs of 40 plug plants gently remove the small plugs from the tray by pushing up from the bottom using a pencil. 

Courgette Specific Advice

Courgettes will grow in a large pot (at least 15 litres) but can become lopsided. They are easier to keep watered in the ground. Allow an area of about 60cm diameter per plant.

Pick the fruits regularly – at least twice a week in midsummer – to prolong cropping. Cut, rather than pull the fruit when it is 10-15cm long or up to 6cm across if a round variety.

Encouraging courgette flowers

Usually the flowers wither and drop off once the fruit reaches a decent size. Try Italian varieties like ‘Costa Romanesco’.

The trick, if you want flowers, is to pick very early in the morning before they open and settle for a smaller fruit as well. The male flowers can also be stuffed and fried, or added to a salad.
Success with early courgettes

Courgettes are very sensitive to frost; extend the season by growing them in a frost-free greenhouse. With last-frost dates getting earlier, it’s worth making an earlier sowing in March, to have plants ready to go outside in April.

Have some garden fleece handy in case of frost and sow some at the usual time as back-up.

As courgettes are insect-pollinated, they may not set fruit this early in the season. Fortunately, parthenocarpic varieties (whose female flowers set fruit without pollination) are now available – try dark green ‘Parthenon’ and pale green ‘Cavili’. Both should crop until July when moved outside.

Pests and diseases

Regular watering and plenty of space may help to prevent mildew

When first planted, courgettes can be attacked by slugs, so protect them with barriers. Once they get going, they don’t suffer from insect pests, although aphids can spread fatal viruses.

Mosaic viruses cause the leaves to turn yellow and puckered, and the fruits may also be affected. There’s no cure, but removing badly affected leaves may slow its spread. The varieties ‘Defender’ and ‘Supremo’ are claimed to be resistant.

Powdery mildew frequently affects plants in late summer. Regular watering and plenty of space may help. A routine spray with potassium bicarbonate is said to keep it at bay, but once it has taken hold, cut your losses and destroy the plants.

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