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Courgette Nero di Milano is a medium early dark green courgette. The fruits are about 20 cm long. The plants have open habit for easy picking. If you are a novice gardener this is a great vegetable to grow, as these vegetable seeds are easy to germinate, easier than other fruiting vegetables, and the plants produce lots of fruits for 2 – 3 months.
Sow the Nero di Milano courgette seeds late March through April under glass for growing in the greenhouse, or late April through May to transplant outdoors. The seeds can also be sown direct outdoors, in a finely prepared bed, from early June. Sow some of the courgette seeds every two weeks during the season up to until early July, this way you will have a great supply of courgettes till late autumn. Keep the last sown plants in the greenhouse to extend the season.
Sow the courgette seeds about 2 cm deep in 7.5 cm pots of good compost or in seed cells, 1-2 seeds per pot/cell. If you sow 2 seeds and they both germinate you can save the stronger seedling and discard of the weaker one.
When the seedlings have two pairs of true leaves transplant them into larger pots and keep them at a temperature of 20 – 25 Celsius. Courgettes do love a bit of heat so if you have trouble germinating the seeds or growing the plants pop them in a heated propagator for few days or a week to speed up growing. Warmer the climate is better your plants will grow.
Place in a propagator before transplanting outside to acclimatise the plants to the outdoor conditions. Leave around 60 cm between the plants when planting into final position. A good tip is to have a small trench around the plants so when you water them the water will stay around the plants rather than streaming away from them. Courgettes do need plenty of water throughout the growing season.
Pick the courgette fruits regularly from the plants by twisting them, this will encourage the plants to produce more fruits. One plant should produce 10 - 15 fruits over a period of 2 – 3 months. The bushy plants can be grown in larger containers, pots or in growbags. You can easily save your own seeds too, just leave one fruit on the plant to mature and when the plants died off completely, pick this one fruit and cut it open. Scoop the seeds out and dry the on newspaper or on kitchen towel. When they completely dry just pop the seeds in an airtight container and keep them at a dark and cool place for next year to sow.