Courgettes or Cucumbers?



Ok, muppet me has lost the labels, I think this is courgette but please can someone confirm for me.

Hopefully the cucumbers are the ones I've put in the GH today, they have more jagged type leaves?

Thank you from Tracey the Muppet image



  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I think they are courgettes, this pic form River Cottage looks the same.  All my books (3!) only show them fully grown image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,693

    Courgette and cucumber seedlings look pretty similar in my experience - they both get the jagged leaves after the seed leaves. image

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    I won't laugh Tracey, I wouldn't have a clue.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800 it's not just me then??  Nightmare! Now I don't know which ones should be in the GH and which ones I'm hard fine off for outside!

    That brings me to another questions, Dove mentioned 'seed leaves' so when it says 'when 2 true leaves are formed' does that mean 2 of the jagged leaves and not the round ones?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244


    I think there'll be a difference by the time the jagged ones come round, But not much. I won't know the differenceimage.  Veggie growers will image

  • Lottie4Lottie4 Posts: 2

    Having done this in the past I now use different colour pots ie Cu in green, courgettes in brown, squash in black- you can write on green and brown pots too. Same system for all the different tomatoes...saves the poor old brain.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,490

    There's no real way of telling until they are quite large plants, unfortunately.  Kudos to anyone who can identify which of these are squash (4 types), cucumber (1 type), courgettes (1 type) & pumpkins (1 type)  The pots are labelled so I can give answers to anyone who wants to give it a go! image


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  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,080

    Hi Tracey, they look like courgettes, normally the seed leaves on courgettes are bigger than the ones on cucumbers so if growing both that should be a clue, the same with the first true leaves. On courgettes they soon develop into substantial leaves whereas the cucumbers are a much more moderate size.

    The difference will be very evident long before they are ready for putting out into final positions. The stems are different too but that's a more modest difference, normaly cucumbers are thinner than courgettes.

    Hope that helpsimage

  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,080

    Ps they're looking goodimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,244

    The poor old brain. every year I have several plants that seem to have escaped the labelling process. This year it's 3 lots of digitalis from last year and only one labelled.

    Good idea you have there Lottie but  I'll have to think of something else, too many different things. I must be more efficientimage

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