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Cucurbita pepo 'Bambino' (Courgette 'Bambino' )

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4 hours care
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0.6m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cucurbita pepo 'Bambino'

Other names

Courgette 'Bambino' , Zucchini 'Bambino'

Genus

Cucurbita Cucurbita

Variety or Cultivar

'Bambino' _ 'Bambino' is a compact, bushy, tender perennial plant, widely cultivated as an annual vegetable crop, with large, rounded, lobed, hairy, dark green leaves and golden-yellow flowers in summer followed by cylindrical, glossy, edible, speckled, dark green fruit.


Cucurbita pepo 'Bambino' is: Deciduous

Habit

Bushy

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Eelworm (stem and bulb) , Mice , Red spider mite (box and other) , Slugs , Snails Eelworm (stem and bulb) , Mice , Red spider mite (box and other) , Slugs , Snails

Anthracnose diseases , Basal rot , Black rot , Mosaic virus , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases , Verticillium wilt Anthracnose diseases , Basal rot , Black rot , Mosaic virus , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases , Verticillium wilt

General care

Pruning

Ready for harvest in 50-60 days. Regular harvesting when courgettes are small will extend cropping.

Propagation

Sow indoors from late winter to late spring for earlier crops. Sow outdoors from mid-spring to midsummer when temperatures are above 18C. Sow seed 2cm deep, laying seed vertically to avoid seed rot.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Cucurbita pepo 'Bambino' (Courgette 'Bambino' ) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks

Cultivation

Plant in full sun in deep, fertile, sandy, and, ideally, slightly acidic soil after all danger of frost has passed. Sow in mid- to late spring for a midsummer to early autumn harvest. Feed once a week after harvesting has begun.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Cucurbita pepo 'Bambino'

Other names

Courgette 'Bambino' , Zucchini 'Bambino'

Genus

Cucurbita Cucurbita

Variety or Cultivar

'Bambino' _ 'Bambino' is a compact, bushy, tender perennial plant, widely cultivated as an annual vegetable crop, with large, rounded, lobed, hairy, dark green leaves and golden-yellow flowers in summer followed by cylindrical, glossy, edible, speckled, dark green fruit.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Bushy

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Eelworm (stem and bulb) , Mice , Red spider mite (box and other) , Slugs , Snails

Specific diseases

Anthracnose diseases , Basal rot , Black rot , Mosaic virus , Foot and root rot , Grey mould , Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases , Verticillium wilt

General care

Pruning

Ready for harvest in 50-60 days. Regular harvesting when courgettes are small will extend cropping.

Propagation

Sow indoors from late winter to late spring for earlier crops. Sow outdoors from mid-spring to midsummer when temperatures are above 18C. Sow seed 2cm deep, laying seed vertically to avoid seed rot.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Cucurbita pepo 'Bambino' (Courgette 'Bambino' ) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks

Cultivation

Plant in full sun in deep, fertile, sandy, and, ideally, slightly acidic soil after all danger of frost has passed. Sow in mid- to late spring for a midsummer to early autumn harvest. Feed once a week after harvesting has begun.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Cucurbita pepo 'Bambino' (Courgette 'Bambino' )

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Cucurbita pepo 'Bambino' (Courgette 'Bambino' )

Common pest name

Oriental tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides claratris

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in parts of Asia and East Africa; where it can cause damage to solanaceous crops. Europe-wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Cucurbita pepo 'Bambino' (Courgette 'Bambino' )

Common pest name

African cottom leafworm; Cotton leafworm; Egyptian cotton leafworm; Egyptian cotton worm; Mediterranean climbing cutworm; Meditteranea Brocade; Tobacco cutworm

Scientific pest name

Spodoptera littoralis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest; frequently intercepted with occasional outbreaks which have been successfully eradicated in the UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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