Courgette Help

We're growing three courgette plants. So far we've only had one Courgette (plenty of flowers though). The flower at the tip of the courgette has now come off. Is this the right time to harvest a courgette, as it is still quite small? Should I wait and see if the courgette will grow bigger without the flower at the end?

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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    When they get to about 4/5 inches-if you don't pick they just keep getting bigger and that slows down production

  • LokelaniLokelani Posts: 112

    Mine have been very slow indeed this year & a lot of the baby ones have fallen off before being edible size, really tiny.

    I think it's just the weather. 

    The flowers are still on all the tiny courgettes on my plants but from memory I'm fairly certain they usually carry on growing once the flower has dropped off. Just keep an eye on it.

  • Cherry5Cherry5 Posts: 5
    Don't worry about the flowers dropping of enlarging courgettes -totally normal. My first courgette is just coming now - definitely a bit slow this year!
  • Hello courgette growers,

    As long as I have enough of a crop, I always eat my baby courgettes. They are delicious, and many people think of them as a delicacy. The flowers are edible too, but they should only be eaten when you're happy that you've enough courgette fruits.

    Emma

    gardenersworld.com team

  • JohntheengJohntheeng Posts: 35

    Let it grow to 4 - 5" as previously said. You will then get a good follow on crop if you keep doing that.

  • LisaJLisaJ GlasgowPosts: 46

    I still haven't had a single courgette this year.  I saw some flowers on them today so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Still waiting for mine to produce anything worth eating. Think i will blame the weather. Its dissapointing the year starts off so well and then it rains and rains and rains.

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,600

    Mine have had 3 flowers amongst them , I planted them out 5 week ago . They havent grown much at all since . Taking a look yesterday between showers and I wished I had left them in the green house with the cucumbers. They have flowers on now and climbing well . I am growing some more in the green house. Its experiment time .I usualy harvest when around 5 ins .

    Has anyone any tips for growing them in the greenhouse- ?

  • JohntheengJohntheeng Posts: 35

    I would think the main concern with growing them in the greenhouse would be watering especially in pots. I grow mine outside in pots and they take a lot of water in sunny weather. ( Not this year of course ) Up to now I have had 3 courgettes off four plants but every thing is slow.

  • Courgettes really need to be outside, a friend of mine new to gardening planted 25 her first year of growing . She ended up looking a bit like a courgette she had eaten so many. Have grown cucumbers in the greenhouse, they are a small kind, lunchbox cucumber i think they were called. They taste like cucumbers should absolutely delicious.

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