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How to Grow Cucumber

Cucumber Germination Information

Cucumber Seed Germination How to Sow Cucumber:

  • Best sown outdoors
  • Sow 1-2 weeks after danger of frost is past
  • Seeds can also be sown indoors, 4-6 weeks before planting out, at a temperature of 70°
  • Sow in individual pots to avoid root disturbance when transplanting
  • Indoors and out, sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seed and expect germination in 7-10 days

How to Grow Cucumber:
Transplanting: Transplant to same distance when there are at least two sets of true leaves. When transplanting, be careful with the roots as they resent being disturbed

Spacing: Thin seedlings to 12 inches apart. Cultivars vary in size, but they are generally grown in rows spaced 2 feet apart or in 4 feet by 4 feet hills with 4 plants per hill

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in a light, rich, fertile, well-drained soil. Feed prior to planting and again every 3 weeks

Additional Care: Keep plants well watered. When weeding, do so with as little disturbance to the plants as possible

Appearance and Use:

This prostrate or climbing vine grows approximately 8 feet long, but there are also bush varieties that don’t require support. They produce 1 inch, yellow flowers that are followed by the edible fruit. Harvest when they are dark green, before they turn yellow. The slicing types will be 6-8 inches long, while the pickling types will be 11/2- 3 inches long. Gently cut them off the vine; do not break them off. Cucumbers are eaten fresh; the pickling types are preserved with pickling spices and then canned


About Cucumber:
Botanical name: Cucumis sativus
Pronunciation:  ku’ku-mis sa-ti’vus
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Cucurbitaceae; native to southern Asia