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    Corn on the Rob is offline Germinator
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    Default When will my courgettes start fruiting?

    Having recently become a veggie virgin I'd like to know why my courgettes are producing plenty of flowers but no signs of any fruit as yet. Should I just be patient or are there any tricks to help them along?

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    Courgettes (and other squash plants) produce both male and female flowers. The female flowers have a tiny fruit behind them, and these are what will eventually produce your courgetts, or pumkins, or marrows etc. They need to be fertilised by a male flower (looks the same but on a thin stem - no tiny fruit behind). If planted in open ground usually no problem, but if in a greenhouse or polytunnel you may need to use a paintbrush to transfer pollen from male flowers to female to ensure you get fruits.

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    Welcome to the Vine Corn on the Rob. The season is still early. Courgettes usually start with a flush of male flowers then the female flowers and the courgettes come along. That will be any day soon now. I think you have to be patient for a few more days.
    That is if your courgettes are outdoors and can be pollinated by insects. If you have them indoors you may need to go round with a small paint brush and give them all a tickle.
    Hope you get a courgette tomorrow.

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    Thanks for the replies. I'll be patient but if nothing happens I'll give em a tickle.

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    All but one of mine are still producing only male flowers. That's usual so don't worry. The exciting thing is that ONE of them has a little courgette! They grow so fast that you'll soon be up to your knees in them! Good luck.
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    Hi corn on the Rob and welcome to the vine. It helps if you fill in a rough location on your profile. Mine are producing a few small courgettes but the changeable weather makes it slow progress. A bit of the ol' current bun will get them going I suspect.

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    Im also doinf courgettes for the 1st time along with many other veg in my garden. when you say give them a tickle with a paintbrush, could you explain? i may sound dumb, but an idea would be appreciated from this newby :-) thanks in advance

    Mike

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    I've just started growing courgettes as well. at the moment mine have 2 big leaves and a 3rd smaller leaf with rough edges is appearing. anyone know how long it will be before they start flowering/producing courgettes?also, if you don't pick the courgette when it appears will it turn into a marrow?
    Last edited by Salina; 31-05-2007 at 04:39 PM.

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