Poorly Courgettes

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I have up to now lost 3-4 courgettes because they are going 'mushy' on the end, like this one.  It isn't isolated to one plant and all plants have healthy courgettes growing on them to.

Can anyone tell me why or what I'm doing wrong, is it because they've not been pollinated properly or because they've got wet???

Any advice gratefully received image 

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  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    OL if they hadn't been pollinated you wouldn't have a courgette. Sometimes the flowers don't drop off and start to rot, at that point I remove the flower before it rots the courgette and it would help if you put something under the courgette if the ground is wet and it is sitting on it.

    I wouldn't throw that courgette away I'd cut rotten end off and eat the rest image

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Im no expert, its been a few years since i grew courgettes, it cant be poor pollinatipn, or there wouldnt be a courgette, i would say this is most likely due to too much rain which has caused some sort of fungal problem. I would have a root under and around the plants- clear any debris, give them a good feed and hopefully it should get better after a couple of weeks. It might even be worth pinching out any small fruits to make sure any fungal nasties are minimised. Good luck image
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I forgot to say, this is happening in the GH and the courgettes aren't resting on anything.  Silly me re the pollination.....the baby courgettes just seem to always appear though (I never was any good at biology!!) and I thought they then needed to be pollinated to grow properly image

    KEF, too late to eat the rest, this was taken last night and I threw it away, it was tiny though, the photo makes it look bigger than it was so would only have been a mouthful image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,611

    It might be a pollination problem if they're doing this when still small.  Otherwise I agree with KEF - remove the flower once it starts to die. 

    I wouldn't grow them in the GH - need lots of insects visiting image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    It might just clear up, they are vigorous plants and might be able to shake off this problem
  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    OL are any growing to full size?  What are they growing in pots or in grow bags? Roughly how many are getting on each plant?  Have you fed them ? They like a tomato feed fortnightly once they are producing. When you water make sure you water at the base and don't wet the leaves and fruits.

    I agree with rebecca about pinching out some of the small ones if you aren't getting any of a decent size.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I have some that are growing brilliantly, almost at full size.  I haven't been removing the flowers so it might be that, or getting wet image I will try and water differently.  

    I have some inside and some outside, and they are all growing really well. The GH door is open, as it usually is at the moment and lots of bees are going in. I have some in pots in grow bags and others just in pots....see pics below.

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  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    OL as Dove says they should be outside, all of them.

    You have a lot in your GH and I think some things should come out to make some space for air to circulate, especially for your toms.  

    If the courgette plants are producing good sized ones and some funny little ones remove the funny little ones. They might stop the new ones developing. 

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Ok, thanks. I will have a shuffle about later and make some room for the pots somewhere.

    Thanks everyone image

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Sorry KEF you are putting the cart before the horse.  There is always a baby courgette before pollination if it is a female flower.  The male flowers obviously have no courgette behind the flower.

    Poor pollination is always a problem at the start of the season until the males and females plus pollinating insects get in sync.  If it is a good summer you will be giving courgettes to anybody that doesn't run away fast enough when they see you coming bearing a carrier bag.

    Anyone for courgette and chocolate cake?

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