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courgette problem

MimMim Posts: 18

I've been growing courgettes on my allotment for several years and this year 2 of my plants look most peculiar with mottled skin which is uneven or bumpy. Does anybody know what the problem is? Can I still eat them?  Could it be a problem with watering?


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,584

    bumpy courgettes bumped.

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  • MimMim Posts: 18

    I don't understand this comment. Was hoping for some advice.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,795

    Mim image 

    Pansyface didn't have an answer for you, but made a post (called 'bumping') in order for the post to rise to the top of the front page so it didn't get lost before it had been seen by more people.

    There are a few possible reasons for 'bumpy' courgettes - one could be a virus, either in the soil or spread by aphids.

    Another possibility is that the seeds may have come from accidentally cross-pollinated plants - there are some varieties that have naturally bumpy skins.  If the courgettes look ok inside I wouldn't be worried about eating them image


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  • MimMim Posts: 18

    Thankyou, the seeds were from a packet that I'd used the previous year and  not all the plants are "bumpy" (so far). Somebody else has suggested it might be a virus and there are masses of aphids, as usual!.

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