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Growing Cucumber

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
P P             P P P P

(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

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.
06 Mar 16, roxanne chappell (Australia - temperate climate)
I seem to have have the some problem as others. I have got plenty of apple cucumbers grown but the leaves seem to be dieing. A closer inspection of the leaves there are little black bugs but they dont seem to live long then die on the leaves and it looks like dirt has been thrown over the leaves
04 Mar 16, Linda Mitchell (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, My apple cucumbers grow great and have plenty of flowers and little tiny cucumbers. Then the leaves start going yellow and brown from the bottom of the vine and the whole plant dies. What is wrong with them?
02 Mar 16, Andre (Australia - arid climate)
G'day John,maybe it is a pollination issue or you may have another plant that is not a good companion,this might sound strange but you could give your cukes a shake I do this with tomatoes almost like self pollinating,oh and by the way I live in Japan.Cheers...
01 Mar 16, My name is John (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted three A/C well before xmas I got one Cu early january nothing since plenty of healthy growth and flowers with little what I thought were little c/us the plant is growing like mad should I pull it out and wait till next year.
01 Mar 16, Bron Ramey (Australia - temperate climate)
We have had an extremely humid hot summer here on the coast. Plenty cucs no zucs. It's definitely a pollinator thang- few bees but lots of others ie wasps etc. If you are in a warmish enviro, just wait; those female or male flowers will arrive and the bees will come. Provide water in your garden- dishes, baths etc. Other reasons could be that the cucs are being over fertilised, not in the sun enuf etc. Google (but wait)
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