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Growing Cucumber

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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

08 Oct 16, Julie (Australia - tropical climate)
How can you tell when they are ready to be picked
15 Oct 16, Tim (Australia - temperate climate)
Anything above 10cm is good. Younger ones have a nice nutty flavour. leave them too long and they become a bit watery and sour.
26 Aug 16, james (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
always grow cucumbers in summer so they grow faster
01 Jun 16, I want to grow a garden (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Is it a must to not plant tomatoes with Lebanese Cucumbers or just not advis
25 May 16, kim (Australia - tropical climate)
why dont you grow cucmbers with tomatoes
17 May 16, Steve (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Does anyone grow cucumbers through the winter in gold coast????????????
19 May 16, Harrison Bath (Australia - temperate climate)
20 May 16, Steve (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hey Harrison. .....was wondering if you can talk me through it. Eg which type you grow and how you water. Do you fertilise? I've got lots of cucumbers atm and would like to keep them going through winter. Will my cucumber seeds planted today grow ok as it gets colder? So many questions haha. Thanks for any advice ☺
05 Apr 16, chann sopheap (Australia - temperate climate)
we want to know information on how to culture sweet yellow cucumber and price of seed.
07 Mar 16, Mute (Australia - temperate climate)
Can I germinate and plant cucumber seeds in Sydney during March as weather is still warm? Will I get cucs? Just ripped my two vines as they stopped producing and wondering whether I can get another two in, grown from seed.
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