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Growing Cucumber

(cucumis satavis)

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P P             P P P P

(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

14 Dec 14, George (Australia - temperate climate)
My father is an avid cucumber grower and he and all his friends this year initially had cucumbers but later the plants grew with plenty of leaves but no cucumbers. In Sydney we have had alot of rain probably daily over the last few weeks but it was interesting that he and all his friends had the same issue of not many cues but heaps of growth and leaves.
12 Dec 14, Suzanne Riggs (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am growing my Lebanese cucumbers in a pot with a trellis covered in flowers growing well and not one cucumber! what can I do ?
12 Dec 14, Karyn West (Australia - temperate climate)
My cucumbers were going great guns for about 3 weeks and then the leaves had a grey tinge to them and now the leaves are pale, yellow, sickly, flowers have disappeared and the cucumbers are curling:( What happened????
25 Nov 14, Grant Campbell (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi my question is my Lebanese cucumber vine is growing out of control on the ground if I cut half of the vine will it kill the whole plant?
09 Dec 14, nick (Australia - temperate climate)
Should be fine. Mine keeps growing more heads and I cut them off all the time to discourage growth. Be mindful you don't the important stems though. Personally I have mine growing out of a DIY pine box with 5 in 1 bsoil up a fly screen frame.
25 Nov 14, Murray (Australia - temperate climate)
When do you know when they are ripe and ready o pick im talking about standard cucumber
21 Nov 14, Lea (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have apple cucumbers growing to day I found one that has been half eaten I left it can you tell me what kind of animals would eat them
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?
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