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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 61°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 16 - 24 inches 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
  • 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

28 Dec 17, Tony (Australia - temperate climate)
Can you freeze Apple Cucumbers. As I have tons of them all growing at the same time
01 Jan 18, Tanya (Australia - temperate climate)
No you cant freeze them, they go all horridable, mushy.
30 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
They would probably end up all mushy. Try pickling them - look up internet for a pickling recipe . You only need a plant or two to feed a family - or stagger the planting times. Feed the neighbours or friends. I have just given away over half my sweet corn crop (30 plants) as I didn't think they would hold on too well (go starchy) in the current hot weather.
14 Dec 17, Brenda (Australia - temperate climate)
Same of the Lebanese cucumbers different colours bit lighter are they still okay to eat .
08 Dec 17, john shsnahan (Australia - temperate climate)
Check for Red spider they love cucumber
12 Nov 17, Sam (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have small 1 1/2cm cucumbers all over my plant. But they are not growing any bigger. They have been this size for weeks. Any help would be appreciated!
13 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Probably need bees or hand pollinate them. Check if there is male and female flowers.
25 Oct 17, Grace (Australia - temperate climate)
If it's white,cabbage moth that are eating your plants you can plant land cress & dill near them & the moths will be more attracted to it & hopefully leave your Kale alone, we tried it & it worked when they were attacking our brocolini :)
09 Oct 17, Udo Krause (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
In which province they are growing English cucumbers
03 Oct 17, Brad (Australia - temperate climate)
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?
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Yes, place in a pot 'at-least' 40cm, 50cm or bigger would be better, use good quality potting mix and make a wooden frame with wire mesh for the plant to climb.

- Sam D

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