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Growing Cucumber

(cucumis satavis)

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(Best months for planting Cucumber in Australia - temperate regions)

P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.


September: Bring on in pots

  • Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 16°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 40 - 60 cm apart
  • Harvest in 8-10 weeks. Cut fruit off with scissors or sharp knife.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Nasturtiums, Beans, Celery, Lettuce, Sweet Corn, Cabbages, Sunflowers, Coriander, Fennel, Dill, Sunflowers
  • Avoid growing in same bed: Potato, Tomatoes
  • A young plant
  • Flower - female
  • Flower - male

Cucumbers can be started in small peat pots then transplanted when weather is suitable. A trailing plant which will grow tendrils as it gets bigger. Lebanese cucumbers are best picked about 10 -12 cm (4 - 5 in) and eaten whole. Gherkins are usually picked 5 or 6 cm (2 - 3 in) long and pickled. They have a prickly skin. Apple cucumbers are round with a pale, almost white, smooth skin.

Grow in full sun. Grow up a trellis or framework to save space and keep the fruit clean. Needs ties to support it at first. Water regularly and fertilise to encourage growth.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Cucumber

Pick frequently before the fruit become too big.
Use raw in salads, peeled if preferred.


Your comments and tips

18 Nov 14, bruce (Australia - tropical climate)
apple cucumber lots of fruit & flowers but not getting any bigger
13 Nov 14, chris edwards (Australia - temperate climate)
do apple cucumbers need bees to polinate
09 Nov 14, Stevie (Australia - temperate climate)
Can i plant these right next to a mesh fence so they grow up the fence?
06 Nov 14, lindsay (Australia - temperate climate)
my cucumber plant outside leaves are drying but they seem to be shooting from the centre .is this natural .this is the ist time i have tried to grow them
02 Jun 14, Jay (Australia - temperate climate)
How much water do cucumber need
15 Jun 14, Dede (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Because they are 99% water! you need to water them everyday
14 May 14, Pertrcia F (Australia - temperate climate)
I was doing a project for school and this website helps a lot. Because guess what? I got an A+! OMG!
17 Apr 14, Colleen (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have three lebanese cucumber plants growing quite a few flowers but no cucumbers, also I noticed in the advice column that you suggest you don't grow tomatoes with cucumbers why is that, any suggestions about getting the cucumbers to set, cheers and thanks Colleen
04 Apr 14, margaret (Australia - temperate climate)
Ive recently grown some huge cuc's first time lucky! but was wondering if I could dry some of the seeds in them to replant? does it work like this, big cuc's have more big cuc's, or should I just get seedlings again from the shop? and how to dry the seeds?
23 Oct 14, Michael (Australia - arid climate)
just take the seeds and spread them out on a plate/saucer, place in a warm spot (window sill will do). When they have dried you can store them in a container (old jar with lid) & plant two or three seeds together in clumps and grow as normal. That's what worked for me with bush cucumbers that I grow in a large pot with a wire trellis around the pot with two or three clumps depending on the size of pot
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