Why Grow Your Own Marrow Seeds?
Marrow seeds are extremely similar to courgettes, but they mature into much longer and more round fruit further down the line. They are super-easy to grow once you get the plants up and running, and once the fruit forms, you can watch bumper crops grow day by day.
Like Courgette, Marrow seeds are a hearty plant producing fleshy-fruit vegetables which are worth growing, and have pride of place for both food and ornamental pleasure. If you are a home gardener, these are a great option for plot to plate homemade dishes, and can be cooked in a variety of ways.
Dobies has a wide variety of Marrow seed for you to grow on the plot, including ‘Tiger Cross’ for the traditional large torpedo Marrow,or ‘Piccolo’, for much smaller rounder fruits. If you fancy something a little different at your next summer BBQ, try the ‘Tennis ball’. They go great in burger buns or salads.
When to Plant Marrow Seeds?
Marrow seeds need to be sown in 75mm pots in April or May under glass.
How to grow Marrow plants from seed?
- Marrow’s are treated as a tender plant and raised in controlled conditions like a propagator or Greenhouse. In late March, early April, with a view to planting in final position in late May. Sow in cells or even root trainers. Label and date your seeds.
- Once they are up and running pop them into pots and a decent peat free compost and harden off gradually, placing them outside during the day and protecting them as night as final planting gets nearer or investing in a cold frame, which is a great piece of kit for this purpose.
- When it’s time to plant out Marrows, a job best carried out late May or beginning of June. Dig a big planting pit and mix lots of good compost or well-rotted manure with the excavated soil. Fill back in and plant the Marrow.
- Marrows are hungry plants and will enjoy a liquid feed, start applying when four to six leaves are present.
- Marrow’s love a decent deep watering so early morning or dusk a good long drink is important, especially as the plants are putting on growth once the flowers start to appear. A decent organic mulch around the base of the plant will boost health and reduce the chance of Mildews.
How to Harvest Your Marrows?
To get a nice clean-cut break, twist the Marrow to the right when harvesting. You can place straw under the forming Marrow to prevent rotting if the climate is proving to be a bit wet. Marrows can be stored in dry cool conditions for longevity.
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