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Growing Cucumber

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Cucumber in Australia - temperate regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

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
    A young plant
  • Flower - female
    Flower - female
  • Flower - male
    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

26 Jan 16, Maggie (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a great vine with heaps of flower still haven't got any cucumber I have had to pollinate myself do the cucumbers grow where the flowers fall off.
17 Jan 16, David (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi guys new to this site just looking for helpful hints on starting my cucumber plant for best results. I have read that a trellis set up is best and no fertilizer until it flowers
24 Jan 16, Sarah Day (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi David, i dont bother to trellis, i let them grow like pumpkins along the ground. yes this can leave a yellowing on the bottom, but they grow well and taste perfect, in fact im having trouble keeping up with them. I did this last year because i planted seeds in a large seed raising tray and let them go to far before transplanting and so i just upturned the tray and planted it undisturbed in the middle of a garden bed. We are growing on raised beds as our soil is stoney and clay and we are totally reliant on rainwater. We are in central Victoria and have hot harsh summers so i set up a shadecloth cover for the really hot days. 13mm spray irrigation and we have had no powdery mildew at all. Hope your cues are starting to grow. :)
17 Jan 16, Alex (Australia - temperate climate)
I am growing the apple cucumber variety for the first time and have had very good success. Does anyone have a good recipe for preserving or similar as I have far too many to eat fresh. Many thanks Alex x
15 Jan 16, john mcquire (Australia - temperate climate)
I started apple cucumbers from seed early nov. and harvested untold number of cucumbers on about five bushes,and now have three more to put in the ground, so I am eagerly waiting for them again.
08 Jan 16, Paul (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Lebanese, continental and apple cucs growing in same bed, Lebonese and cont are going great but apple are getting too 1" long and stop growing
08 Jan 16, Ha (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I live in Canberra .I would like to grow the vegetables and fruit which can grow all year .I am growing celery and strawberries now.
02 Jan 16, tastyvish (Australia - arid climate)
Yes cucumber is bit temperamental till it established! I am in Melbourne and i failed several times but this year i have found that mulching and even watering have saved my young plants from extreme heat, yes what i have found the plants don't like any type of fertilizer till they become established.Watering in the morning will also help to prevent plant from powdery mildew which is biggest killer of cucurbit family.
01 Jan 16, Param (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi i planted cucumbers few times this season and all the seedling have died again and again. Never had that problem in past. It was very hot recently in melbourne aus. Any thoughts???
10 Jan 16, Shahrukh (Australia - temperate climate)
The first time I planted Lebanese Cucumber this season in Ballarat only one of six survived. I planted in the same spot again but removed all fertiliser from the plant hole. I also covered them with plastic oil container bottoms when the temperature dropped. When the weather grew warmer I threw over pieces of shade cloth on days of 30 degrees and over usually in the afternoon. This is the first time I have had healthy looking fruiting cucumber plants.
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