An outstanding hybrid courgette with a high yield and beautiful, dark green fruits. This popular variety is quick maturing and takes only 50 days to reach maturity.
|Germination||7 - 10 Days|
|Sowing Method||Start in Pots / Trays|
|Days to Maturity||50 Days|
|Recommended Soil pH||6.0-6.5|
[50 days ] Known as zucchini in the United States, courgettes are some of the easiest vegetables to grow in thee home garden or allotment. Ambassador F1 is an especially early courgette that yields superior-tasting fruit as early as 50 days after planting. The fruits are dark green, 10-20cm (4-8”) long, and have a sweet, slightly nutty flavour.
The plant itself produces over a long period of time and has an excellent tolerance to powdery mildew. It has such a high yield that two or three plants should be sufficient for an entire family. In fact, the main problem with courgettes is eating them all, as they produce so many fruits so quickly. So have fun finding all the different, tasty ways to cook them! They taste great grilled, baked, steamed, roasted, and stir-fried. They’re also great in courgette bread.
Ambassador F1 has been tested, trailled and recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. Suitable for growing in containers.
Like all squash, courgettes are heavy feeders and benefit from being planted in areas that have been augmented with lots of compost and well-rotted manure.
Starting Indoors: Sow 2-3 seeds in 2" modules 3 weeks before transplanting outdoors (peat or cardboard containers are ideal). Be careful not to over water, as squash seeds are quick to rot in overly moist, airless compost or soil.
Thin to strongest 1-2 plants per module. Harden off gradually and transplant outside after all danger or frost has passed and the weather is warm and settled. (In most climates this is towards the end of May.) Squash has a very tender rooting system so be extra careful not to disturb.
Plant 1m square (3’ sq.)
Direct Seed: Sow in late spring when the soil has warmed to around 70°F (21°C) and the danger of frost has passed. Sow 1-2 seeds 1m square (3’ sq.) apart and 1/2-1" deep. Thin to 1 plant per spot.
For best results, plant at the top of a shallow mound. As the squash grows it will produce a mass of white roots on the surface of the soil. Cover these with compost or well-rotten manure as they appear.
Maintenance & Harvest
Keep courgette plants well watered at every stage of their development. Water is especially essential when the plants are in flower and when the fruits have started to swell. Lack of consistent watering can lead to blossom end rot. If you wind up with blossom end rot, remove affected fruit immediately.
Courgettes are heavy feeders and can enjoy up to weekly feedings of liquid seaweed or other similar fertilizers. Mulch well to discourage weeds and conserve water.
Harvest fruits when they reach somewhere around 10cm (4”) long. Although you can twist them off, it’s often easier to cut them off at the base. Just be careful not to accidentally cut into the other parts of the plant (easier to do than one might think!).
Pick fruits regularly (about 3x a week) at the height of the season to keep the plants producing. Best eaten fresh.