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Not only are homegrown cucumbers better tasting than store bought, they are also low maintenance and fast growers. Cucumbers really are one of the most rewarding things to grow!
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How to Grow Cucumbers From Seeds
What’s the Difference Between Vining and Bush Cucumbers?
- Vining cucumbers grow on vines shaded by large leaves. The growth of these plants is fast, and you will harvest many cucumbers if you care for them properly.
- Bush cucumbers are ideal for containers and small gardens. They produce a good amount for their size, but will not overwhelm you with a huge harvest.
When Should You Plant Cucumbers?
I recommend planting your cucumber seeds when average daily temperatures reach 70° F. Cucumbers have sensitive roots, so you should plant seeds directly in the ground, rather than planting transplants or seedlings.
The first step in planting is to make hills for your cucumber seeds. Make a row of several shallow piles of soil spaced 3 feet apart for bush cucumbers and 6 feet apart for vining cucumbers. Plant several seeds in each hill, and cover the seeds with dirt.
A few days after the seeds in each hill sprout, use a pair of garden shears to cut down the weaker seedlings at the soil line. This way you won’t damage the other roots in the hill.
In warm temperatures, cucumbers will grow quickly and ripen in about six weeks!
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Do Cucumbers Grow Better in Pots or in The Ground?
In general, bush cucumbers tend to do better than vining cucumbers in pots or containers. Vining cucumbers can be planted in large gardens or garden beds if they have plenty of space.
How Much Water do Cucumbers Need?
Cucumbers have a very high water content, so each plant will need at least an inch of water each week in order to keep growing new cucumbers. If no rain falls in your area, give more water as needed.
I recommend watering in the morning hours. This will allow the water to seep down into the soil and reach the roots of the plant without too much excess water lost to evaporation.
Do Cucumbers Need a Trellis?
Bush cucumbers are compact and are usually fine without a cage or trellis.
If you can, you should put a cage or trellis around your vining cucumber plants. When cucumbers are tied to support rather than left to sprawl on the ground, it saves lots of space in your garden and will help keep your cucumbers clean and healthy.
How do you Keep Cucumber Plants Healthy?
If you want a large harvest of healthy cucumbers, you’ll want to use natural soil fertilizer.
Cucumbers are heavy feeders, so they’ll also need compost to promote both plant and fruit growth.
Should I Trim My Cucumber Vines?
Cucumber vines, unlike the bush variety, generate from a single stem and produce several shoots. These vines grow very fast and will need to be pruned. Begin trimming cucumber vines by removing any dead or damaged portions, and removing older leaves to allow light and air to reach the whole plant.
Then, trim off all shoots that branch off from the main vine stem using pruning shears. Make the cut at the beginning of the shoot, as close to the main stem as possible.
Should I Pick the Flowers off my Cucumber Plants?
It’s a smart plan to pick off any flowers that form before your cucumber plant has at least seven leaves. Although the flower produces the fruit, picking off the early ones will help the plant produce more leaves and roots for a larger future harvest.
So wasn’t that easy? Growing cucumbers in your backyard garden isn’t that hard at all! For a little bit of effort you’ll get a BIG reward this Summer, so give it a try!
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