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Does anyone out there know how to sex a courgette?

I have very small veg plot and this year got 2 courgettes to grow 1 has had lots of courgettes(the female i presume) the other lots of flowers but no courgettes(the male?), they are next to each other plenty of room and water but 2nd not forthcoming at all.

Also runners did nothing this year  pencil beans only 2 plants survived and are now doing us proud 1 meal every 2 nights.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391

    Courgette plants aren't male or female - they normally produce both male and female flowers but some individual plants can be 'shy' to fruit (from female flowers) for a multitude of reasons from genetics through food available at the roots, competition with other plants, amount of light and temperature.  In other words it's a bit of a lottery really!

    Lots of folk have poor runner bean crops this year - some covered in flowers but not being pollinated as bees were sucking the nectar by piercing the base of the flowers instead of climbing inside - cheating! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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