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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

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?
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
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