If you are growing courgettes for the first time then you will be wondering how many courgettes you can expect per plant. Maybe you have been told they are prolific fruiters, but what does this mean in actual terms of the number of courgettes you’ll be eating? Let’s have a look and find out.
How Many Courgettes Per Plant?
As a rough guide you can get four or five courgettes per plant per week, so almost one a day. They will do this from summer well into autumn.
So, yeah, you can see what people mean now when they say they are prolific fruiters. If you have planted a few plants you will soon be one of the many growers trying to offload their courgettes onto unsuspecting family members.
It doesn’t take long for you to be growing in courgettes, even if you eat them every day.
Now I did say this was a rough rule of thumb and it is not guaranteed that you will get this many courgettes, some plants will produce more and some plants fewer.
There are a lot of different factors that go into this including the variety grown, growing conditions, the weather that year, how many pollinators are about and many more smaller considerations.
Then there is seemingly just good old dumb luck, sometimes a plant is just a really good cropper and it will produce masses of fruit all summer. And then the exact same plant can be growing right next to it and struggle to produce one courgette a week!
Easy to Grow
Courgettes are considered a fairly easy plant to grow and with them being so prolific they are a really good plant to start veg growing with.
If the weather is bad that year though, they can just not fruit at all. What is bad weather for courgettes? Well, a lot of rain and no sunny days in late spring and early summer really doesn’t help them.
If it does nothing but rain when the flowers start to open then there will be a lot fewer pollinators about and chances are the flowers won’t get pollinated and therefore no fruit will grow.
So what can you do? Well, you can’t do much about the weather other than growing them in a polytunnel. But you can do something about the pollination and that is hand pollinate them.
While this sounds arduous it is actually quite quick and simple. Simply take a paintbrush and gently dab it on the inside of a male flower, then transfer this to a female flower and again give it a good dab around.
This should do the trick as long as you can tell your male and female flowers apart. If you’re struggling here then luckily for you I have an easy guide with photos to help you tell the two apart.