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Courgette Defender in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Cucurbita pepo var. Cylindrica 'Defender'

 

Courgette 'Defender'

Strictly speaking fruit, not vegetables (as they contain seeds), courgettes are immature marrows. They are a low growing, spreading plant, that can produce up to 30 fruits and carry on fruiting until the first frost. They benefit from lots of organic matter added to the planting position. 'Defender' is an RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit) variety, with a good crop of mid-green fruits, and the plants having resistance to Cucumber Mosaic Virus

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plant Features
  • Courgette Defender likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Courgette Defender likes frequent watering

    Frequent watering

  • Courgette Defender is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Courgette Defender likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Courgette 'Defender'

Latin name

Cucurbita pepo var. Cylindrica 'Defender'

type

Vegetable

family

Cucurbitaceae

ph

5.5 - 6.8 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Courgette Defender likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Courgette Defender is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Courgette Defender likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

  • Water

    Courgette Defender likes frequent watering

    Frequent watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When to harvest

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Courgette Defender is 1.00meters x 0.35meters 1.00 M 0.35 M

Cucurbita pepo var. Cylindrica 'Defender'

Strictly speaking fruit, not vegetables (as they contain seeds), courgettes are immature marrows. They are a low growing, spreading plant, that can produce up to 30 fruits and carry on fruiting until the first frost. They benefit from lots of organic matter added to the planting position. 'Defender' is an RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit) variety, with a good crop of mid-green fruits, and the plants having resistance to Cucumber Mosaic Virus


Propagating by seed

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Prepare a bed or hill in a sunny site where the soil is fertile. Make planting pockets 3' apart by digging a hole a spade-depth, width and height, and filling with compost and well-rotted manure, then sow a seed on edge in each pocket. at a depth of about 1" after all danger of frost has passed.. Or sow the seeds singly in pots in the greenhouse, and plant out after they have their first true leaves

 

Planting

From Mid Spring TO Early Summer

After seeds grown indoors have their first true leaves, and after all danger of frost has passed, plant the seedlings out into a prepared bed or hill that has been well-manured, at a spacing of about 3' for bush types, and 5' for trailing types.

 
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