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    Marie99 is offline Seedling
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    Default Courgettes leggy or Just growing!

    Hi as its my first season growing, I was keen to get some plants underway in the house, as my chilli plants seem to take a while to grow and want them a fair size I thought I would start my courgettes amongst others, I now realise I could have waited for the courgettes lol

    Just wondering if these are too leggy or its just the way they grow?. Iv already potted them up a few times,
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    I have got a walk in greenhouse - blowaway (very firmly tied down, fingers crossed) I lost out on a few greenhouses so just decided to get one of these for now as don't have a lot of room but Iv got chilli, peppers, tomatoes and aubergine and cape gooseberries needing somewhere undercover when they got out. I will poss try some outside and some inside blowaway!

    back to my question, Im in the North east, would it be too early to put the courgettes in the greenhouse or should I wait for the last frosts, eventually they will be grown outside.

    Cheers Marie
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    WendyC is offline Early Fruiter
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    What variety of courgette are they? Don't look like any I've ever grown. Tender plants could go in the greenhouse on mild days but you'd have to bring them in most nights as you really need a minimum of 10 degrees. I'm guessing you last frost is the end of May to early June so you've a way to go.

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    They look OK at the moment, but they need as much light as possible so put them in your greenhouse during the daytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marie99 View Post
    Just wondering if these are too leggy or its just the way they grow?.
    looks fine to me. The one on the left:



    has a long stem up to the first "seed" leaves. Courgette seeds always throw out a significantly tall initial stem - which is quite robust. You can bury that when you pot on, if you like, but I doubt very much, even in really bright light, if it would be any shorter than yours. It won't get any longer now the true leaves have appeared.

    They do need decent light and heat though ... don't let the temperature fall below 10C as they don't like chilly conditions.
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    They look the same as mine. I just need to pot them on now think they need a little more room. They live in my connie at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WendyC View Post
    What variety of courgette are they? Don't look like any I've ever grown.
    Look weird to me as well

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    Do you think?

    They look like typical stem and seed leaves of a Cucurbit, as do the true leaves - photo angle distorts them a bit though.
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    Hi Thanks for the replies, they are Black beauty courgettes, I will try and get them out when the suns outwell maybe on fine days if we get any up here lol

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