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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

Your comments and tips

04 Oct 17, Sam D (Australia - temperate climate)
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.
04 Oct 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm sure it would, in the right sized pot. A good quality potting mix, with plenty of compost added to it, and some coir peat to help moisture retention. But what are you growing with your sweetcorn? The cucumbers could grow around and up the corn.
06 Oct 17, Brad (Australia - temperate climate)
When the corn get big enough i was thinking of running beans up them.
03 Oct 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try growing on a trellis. An inverted V or even a vertical one. I'm trying a vertical one at the moment. Pumpkins and watermelons take up so much room. Best to decide what you are going to plant and where before you start planting. Give each the required area to produce a good crop.
21 Aug 17, JC (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi, I've just moved to Cocos Keeling Islands and have heard it is difficult to grow any fruit or veg here. Any advice on what to plant and when, how to improve soil conditions etc. would be appreciated as fresh food options are costly and not reliable. TIA
24 Aug 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
This is just a generic answer, not specific to the Cocos Keeling Islands. Any where the soil conditions or climate are considered poor, I would suggest raised garden beds filled with a good soil blend and organic matter. If the soil is unavailable, then a good potting mix (without moisture retention) and organic matter/compost will be fine. Then just grow what you want according to your climate.
22 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
Improving soil condition is about adding good soil if possible or adding organic matter - compost, manures, plant residue, grass clippings, veggie scraps etc to the soil and letting it all decompose - could take a few months. As for what to plant ask the locals what grows and what doesn't. I assume it is hot and wet so that rules a lot of things out. Look around and see what grows and have a go.
02 May 17, Janice Cranford (USA - Zone 9a climate)
Why are my cucumber plants not making a cucumber, only flowers?
03 May 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Cucumbers often produce male flowers early in the season before they start to produce female (cucumber) flowers. The male flowers have a longer stem and do not have the unformed cucumber at the base of the flower. I'd say, give them a bit more time.
22 Apr 17, Francesca Lemon (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi, I am planning to move to Mount Victoria up in the Blue Mountains and was wondering if cucumber can grow in the cooler climate? Thanks!
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I am in Zone 7b. I tried some Asian cucumbers - they turned out pretty well this year - you should consider giving them a try. They got up to 1-2 feet. Check them out here -> earthlychow. com/asian-cucumber-tien-chin-long

- Anita

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