Marrow - Sunbeam
This is a highly unusual variety, producing remarkably colourful fruits with delicious, delicately flavoured flesh on very productive semi-vining plants. Harvest at approx. 45cm or young as courgettes if desired.
Sow indoors for surest results, from March to May, 1.5cm deep, on edge, in small pots of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions, before planting out 90cm apart, into fertile, well-drained soil, during May/June when frosts are over. Or sow outdoors, in April/May for ease, where they are to crop, 1.5cm deep, directly into finely-prepared, fertile, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Allow 90cm between sowing positions. Sow two seeds on their edge per position. Early sowings benefit from cloche protection. Thin to leave the stronger plant. Water well until plants are established. Harvest from July to October. Cut as courgettes when they are about 15cm long to avoid a glut, or leave to mature as marrows.