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Courgette leaves mottled, turning brown and curling up. Please help

I'm a first time veggie gardener and have in the last week got the first few courgettes from my plant. However in the last few days the leaves have suddenly mottled, curled up and gone brown, dry and crispy. Also, the fruit seems to have now stopped growing and look like some of them are wilting / need water although the soil has been kept sufficiently moist. Can anyone shed any light on what the problem is and how rectify it. TIA 


  • It is a large terracotta pot (See photo). Is it big enough?
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,883
    Pot is huge, last couple of years I have grown them in those containers that whey protein comes in which is about half the size of a bucket, they did fine, I suspect lack of water, that pot (its gorgeous by the way) will need a LOT of  watering
  • strelitzia32strelitzia32 Posts: 767
    The issue with growing courgette, cucumber etc in terracotta pots is that clay pot will suck the moisture out of the compost. As already said in this thread, courgette need a lot of watering under normal circumstances, and you'll need to water even more to deal with the clay issue down where the roots are. So if possible I'd suggest trying to move the plant to something else that isn't porous...
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337
    edited June 2020
    Check for signs of spider mite.  The recent hot dry spell has been perfect for them and we are seeing quite a few posts showing them on plants outdoors this year (they are usually only a problem under glass in the UK.)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • ejessop13ejessop13 Posts: 5
    I would put a plastic pot inside the ornamental pot to retain moisture, one that just fits (perhaps next year) . As someone said theyre greedy and grow well on compost heaps so perhaps neat well rotted compost would work better in the pot.
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    I think Bob may have it, in all I would just take off all affected leaves and monitor new growth, while keeping up the regular watering, those leaves are no good to the plant now
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