Growing Marrow Seeds?
Like Courgettes, Marrows are easy to grow once the plants are up and running. Once the fruit forms you can almost watch them grow. Suttons have a great selection of seed for you, ‘Tiger Cross’ for the traditional large torpedo Marrow or ‘Piccolo’, for smaller rounder fruits, and Suttons even have one that is good o the barbeque and that's ‘Tennis ball’. Like Courgette it’s a stunning plant and has pride of place for both food and ornamental pleasure.
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 fee 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 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.
Twist to the Marrow to the right when harvesting to get a nice clean break. 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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