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Courgette help!!

Can anybody help me please.

My courgettes have started flowering and were doing great, but then the flowers started to die back. I had a look at them and there are loads of tiny black beetles inside the flower munching away at it. I've never come across this before, can somebody advise me on the best course of action please? 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,819

    Pollen beetles - they're only eating pollen - not doing any harm image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • pushbar-2pushbar-2 Posts: 16

    Oh that's good news. Thanks very much image

  • John HardingJohn Harding Posts: 541

    Courgettes need plenty of water: I grow mine in large tubs and need to give them at least 2 gallons of water a day while we have dry weather. They also like plenty of humus rich compost and are very successful when planted on top of a compost/manure heap. When I grow mine in tubs I put a good thick layer of composted horse manure in the tub then about 4-5 inches of gen purpose compost on top and set the plants in that. By the time the roots are big enough to reach the manure layer the plant has grown to a respectable size and they just 'take off'.

  • pushbar-2pushbar-2 Posts: 16

    Thanks for the advice John


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