Cucurbita pepo 'Opal'

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Courgette
Opal
Courgette Opal.jpg
Two courgettes growing on an opal variety plant
Scientific Classification
Species: Cucurbita pepo

The Opal variety courgette is a quick growing variety which is a pleasant pale green colour throughout it's maturing.

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Sowing Time (Indoors)
Sowing Time (Outdoors)
Harvest

Growing[edit]

Sowing[edit]

Indoors[edit]

Sow seeds individually on edge in small pots of moist seed compost 2cm (1in) deep. Place in warmth 15-18°C (60-65°F). As seedlings develop, grow on under cool, light conditions, but not in bright sun.

Outdoors[edit]

Water sowing positions, then sow two or three seeds close together in a group 2cm (1in) deep. Allow 90cm (36in) between groups. After germination, leave only the strongest seedling in each group.

Transplanting[edit]

Gradually accustom young plants to conditions outside for 2-3 weeks before planting out to their final positions when danger of frost has passed. Allow about 90cm (36in) between plants.

Aftercare[edit]

Water frequently, especially during dry spells.

Harvest[edit]

Cut fruits when about 10-15cm (4-6in) long. Regular harvesting prolongs the cropping season. Larger fruits can be left to grow and used as marrows.

Examples[edit]

References[edit]

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