Courgette 'Defender' F1

A high yielding, dark green courgette, noticeable for its flavour and resistance to mildew and mosaic virus and is a good variety for courgette flowers. More
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Courgette 'Defender' is a high yielding, dark green courgette, which crops over a long period and so is ideal for the domestic grower. It's also noticeable for its flavour and resistance to mildew and mosaic virus and is a good variety for courgette flowers.

Do at least two sowings of courgettes, splitting your packets, so that you have fruit to pick for 3-4 months at a stretch. Sow two or three different colours so they look good in the garden and on the plate.

Genus Cucurbita pepo
Variety Defender F1
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Courgette, Summer Squash
Soil Type Fertile
Site Full Sun
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing 90cm (36in) apart in each direction when the plants have 5-6 leaves
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Soak seed overnight and sow under cover from late March- April. Push seed, on its side (to prevent it rotting), 2-3cm deep into a 9cm pot of compost. Can be sown direct after last frosts, from May to June.
Care Tips Feed well with plenty of organic matter. Pick fruit regularly to prolong the harvest. Need rich, well-manured ground.
Storing Best fresh, but can be stored a few days in the fridge.
Harvesting Late June to October. Start picking as soon as fruits are 7cm long. You can pick the flowers before this.
Cooking Notes Defender is a tasty courgette, with perfect flowers for making Stuffed Courgette Flowers with Honey.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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