Cucumbers are one of the most popular crops in home gardens today. There are two types of cucumbers that can be grown – one fresh cut and one pickled. Although they require a lot of planting space, they can still be grown in small gardens by planting vines on vertical structures or in garden space-saving containers. Cucumbers range in size from gherkin types to long fine-cut varieties. As a gardener, you can choose from a way to plants and grow cucumbers in your home garden
How to grow cucumbers
Different varieties of cucumbers require different growing conditions. Indoor or greenhouse cucumbers do best in a greenhouse, although they can do well outdoors in very sheltered and warm places. Outdoor cucumbers – also known as “ridge” varieties – can be successfully grown outdoors, although their seeds still need to be shaded due to their tenderness, and they cannot be taken outdoors until the threat of frost has passed. There are also mini kimchi — or pickles — that can be grown indoors or outdoors, depending on the variety.
How to sow cucumber seeds
Cucumbers are traditionally grown in rows or piles. You’ll find shrub varieties as well as wine cucumbers. Shrub varieties do not require staking, but can take up a lot of space in the garden. Vine cucumbers are usually allowed to spread on the ground. However, when they spread on the ground, they are more susceptible to disease and pests, and they take over major garden plots. Instead, train vine cucumbers to climb a fence, trellis, or other sturdy support structure for more room to grow.
Wait for the soil to warm to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit before planting. Choose a location with full sun, rich soil, good drainage, and a slightly acidic to neutral pH. Seeds can also be started indoors a month before the last predicted spring frost date in your area.
Plant seeds 1 inch deep. Make sure you know what type of cucumber you are growing: bush cucumber or vine cucumber. While the distance is highly dependent on the breed, here are some general estimates:
For rows: Plant seeds about 4 to 6 inches apart in rows 3 to 5 feet apart.
For mounds: Create small mounds about 1 to 1.5 feet in diameter and a few inches high, spaced 1 to 2 feet apart, and plant 2 to 3 seeds per mound.
For support structures: Plant two to three seeds per foot.
How to plant cucumbers
When planting cucumbers, wait until soil temperatures return and there is no threat of frost in the forecast. The quickest way to grow cucumbers is to start with strong, vigorous plants. They are already maturing, bringing you a huge step closer to harvest time. Try placing seedlings 1 to 2 weeks after the average date of the last frost in your area. You can also grow cucumbers indoors using sown seeds in the Miracle-Gro® Seed Starting Potting Mix. You should plant them about 2 to 3 weeks before your last expected frost date.
Check that the seed packs or tags are suitable for the spacing of the cucumber plants, usually 3 to 5 feet apart. If you train the vines on a trellis instead of running them through the ground, they can be planted more closely together (6 to 9 inches apart).
Water the cucumbers after they are planted.
Cucumbers need a steady supply of water to prevent them from deforming or tasting bitter. Check the soil regularly; you need to water when the top inches are dry. Drip irrigation works well for cucumbers because it keeps the leaves dry, which helps reduce disease outbreaks.
Mulch (but do not mulch) plants with 2 to 3 inches of Scotts® Nature Scapes® Color Enhanced Mulch, straw, crushed leaves, pine grass, or untreated grass clippings. Mulching reduces weeds by blocking them from getting the sun, helps soil retain moisture and keeps cucumbers clean.
In addition to providing initial nutrients from high-quality soil, growing cucumber vines requires a steady supply of plant foods throughout the growing season for optimal harvests. Blend Miracle-Gro® Shake ‘N Feed® Plant Based Foods for Tomatoes, Fruits and Vegetables. Work into the soil around the cucumber plants according to the label directions. This provides extra nutrients to support the growth of cucumbers and keep them nourished for up to 6 weeks.
How to take care of cucumbers
Growing cucumbers on a trellis can actually increase your harvest by letting more sunlight and airflow into the vines (which can reduce disease). Individual cucumbers also grow straighter when trained on trellises.
Cucumber plants grow quickly and require little maintenance. When they have six or more leaves, you can start pinching out growing points. Pinching stimulates side shoots, all of which are likely to bear fruit later.
Cucumbers are made of water. Therefore, their water requirements are particularly high. Make sure to give them at least an inch or two of water every week and keep the soil slightly moist.
Water more when the weather is particularly hot or when there is little or no rain. If they don’t get enough water, they’re likely to produce strange-looking and bitter-tasting fruit.
When watering, try to keep the leaves as dry as possible to prevent disease. Drip pipes and drip irrigation systems are ideal for watering cucumber plants. Covering the area around the base of the plant also helps the soil retain more moisture.
Cucumber plants have high nutrient requirements. Once the first flowers appear and the tendrils have grown stolons, regularly fertilize the cucumber plants.
Fertilize plants with compost, old manure, or manure every two to four weeks. Use organic fertilizers whenever possible.
Weeding the area around them will help protect them from pests. Bacterial wilt, spread by cucumber beetles, is often parasitized by surrounding weeds.
When watering, watch out for leaf disease, stigma, and damage. The spread of disease can quickly destroy plants.
If you have climbing cucumber plants, tying them to vertical supports will help support the weight of the larger fruit. You can tie them with anything you have on hand, from twine to zippers.
5. Add friendly flowers
Cucumbers need to be pollinated to bear fruit. Planting pollinator-friendly flowers in your vegetable garden will help your plants bear fruit. Otherwise, you will most likely get flowers but no fruit or oddly shaped fruit.
Consider growing cucumbers and companion plants such as broccoli, peas, corn, or broccoli.
6. Artificial pollination
Be careful if your cucumber plants are not bearing fruit. You may need to hand pollinate. This is easily done with a cotton swab. Best in the early morning when the flowers are blooming. Transfer pollen from male to female flowers.
Male flowers usually appear first and then fall off. The female flower is the flower that produces the fruit. You recognize them by their swollen bases.
How to harvest cucumbers
Pick cucumbers often, once they reach a usable size and before the seeds are fully formed inside. To harvest cucumbers, take out your garden shears and cut the stem near the top of the vegetable. Resist the urge to simply pluck the cucumbers off the vine, as this could damage the plant.
Growing cucumbers: problem solving
Cucumbers are susceptible to some nasty bugs and diseases, but where you plant them will determine how much this affects your harvest.
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While whiteflies are more likely to be found in greenhouses, you can also bring them outside
“Your plants can survive them, but their droppings, called honeydew, fall like sugar onto the leaves below, causing the soot to go mouldy and really damage the leaves.
“If you’re growing cucumbers in a greenhouse, the best way to control them is through biological control. There’s this little wasp called Encarsia, which eats whiteflies and doesn’t harm anything else.”
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Again, this is more prone to the greenhouse effect. But according to Lucy, one thing Starscream hates is moisture.
“If you’re watering in the greenhouse, water your soil before you leave. When the water evaporates, this makes it very moist and is a great way to prevent red spider mite from happening in the first place.”
According to Lucy, this is due to under-watering of your plants. So it’s important to make sure your cucumbers stay moist to prevent this from happening, although sometimes it’s unavoidable.
“You can’t really get rid of it, but you can help control it,” she said. “Cut off the more affected leaves and throw them in the trash. Don’t put them on the compost pile as they can carry and sprad disease.
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