We love fresh, small courgettes and have five plants from seed this year, two in the greenhouse and three in large pots outside. I feed them when I remember!
Because we had a lot of female flowers that weren't getting fertilised, I've been darting about with a camel hair brush each morning transferring pollen from male to female (pref on a different plant). But many of those I've fertilised have a very thin top half and a normally developed lower half - ie, only the lower half of the fruit is developing. Anyone know what I'm doing wrong? (the naturally fertilised ones are fine and tasty, BTW).
What's wrong with the politics of envy, anyway?
Must admit to having never bothered, we are always inundated enough by the time they get around to producing
I've been leaving my courgettes to pollinate naturally and I'm finding that they're not always developing properly either. Very often the bit closest to the stalk is ok but the tip of the courgette is very thin or a bit spongy. This is in addition to the ones which don't get pollinated and start to rot before they develop.
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If you remove the pollenny bit from the male flower and shove it into the female bit on the lady flowers ( I'm sure you all know exactly what I mean) it usually works really well and gives perfect courgettes.
oooer, more tea vicar?
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