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Growing Cucumber

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(Best months for growing Cucumber in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • 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 beside): Nasturtiums, Beans, Celery, Lettuce, Sweet Corn, Cabbages, Sunflowers, Coriander, Fennel, Dill, Sunflowers
  • Avoid growing close to: Potato, Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers on plant ( - Rasbak - CC BY-SA 3.0)
  • Young plant
  • Female flower with baby fruit
  • Male flower

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

31 Dec 18, Denise Jackson (Australia - temperate climate)
I have Tomatoes and Apple Cucumbers growing in the same veggie garden. Cucumbers are about 50 or 60 cm behind the tomatoes. I have them on a vine but the leaves and flowers or fruit keep dying slowly from the bottom of stem gradually going up. The leaves at the top half are still green and flowering have found little bugs maybe aphids or little spiders on the back of the green leaves. Does anyone know what they are or how to get rid of them. Tomatoes are growing and fruiting fine. Are they the problem?
05 Jan 19, Mike Logan (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If you read the notes here on cucumbers it says don't grow close to tomatoes. Could be cucumber fly problem if leaves are being eaten.
08 Nov 18, Marilyn (Australia - temperate climate)
What is the best variety of cuumber to grow on a trellis the position has full morning sun
13 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have just grown crystal apple cuies - a lot better taste than the green ones I believe. Available Boondie seeds.
13 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try any variety. Prefer all day sun.
02 Nov 18, Sue (Australia - temperate climate)
Would 1/1.5 metres be too close to climbing tomato plant
04 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I read about 2.5-3 m is a good distance to separate incompatible plants. Also if planting tomatoes N-S then if close, they may create a lot of shade for the cues, restricting their growth possibly.
31 Oct 18, Wally Harper (Australia - temperate climate)
I have just planted Apple Cucumbers and have flowers on them, do I need to stake these up or do they grow laying on soil, thanks
01 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You can go either way. If on the ground put some mulch/grass clippings on the soil. If short of room trellis them - some wire/mesh on 45-60 degree angle. I've been picking mine for the last 2-3 weeks. I now have a second flush of cuies growing. About 20 each time from 2 plants. Gee they taste good.
18 Oct 18, Steve (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted some cucumber seedlings the other day and 3 of them have died I have kept the water up when it hasn’t rained any ideas why they died???
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ive had much success with cucumber in Melbourne over a number of years. this year ive decided to plant more pumpkins, zucchini, sweetcorn and watermelon. therefor I don't have as much room in my veggie patches. Just wondering if anyone has had success with cucumbers in potted baskets as I have some wondering what to put in them. a good quality potting mix and keep well watered... would a cucumber live like this?

- Brad

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