Gardening: How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Cucumbers
How to grow cucumbers in containers. I show you how to plant, grow and care for this vegetable so that you can get the best yield from your seeds. I explain how much space a cucumber plant needs and how long it takes to grow and produce fruit.
Planting the Seeds in Trays
- Plant from early March until April.
- Always use good compost to fill the trays.
- Plant one seed side ways in the middle of each section.
- They should be half an inch under the soil.
- Water the compost.
- Cover with a clear plastic bag.
- Place in a sunny position and water regularly.
- Turn the tray around occasionally so that the seedlings get an even amount of sun.
- After about seven to ten days the seedlings will germinate.
- Remove the bag and place on a windowsill.
- When they are about 2 inches high they can be planted in the garden.
- Pick a spot where it gets lots of sun and is protected from strong winds.
Planting Directly Outside
If the soil is not warm enough, you can speed up the process by covering the soil with black plastic bags or straw two weeks before you want to plant the seeds. Then, when you're ready, plant the seeds 40 inches apart and leave the covering on the soil.
Taking Care of the Cucumber Plants
Cucumbers need to be kept moist, so regular watering is essential. Do not water the leaves or you will run the risk of getting leaf disease. I also recommend giving it some liquid feed every fortnight.
What Is the Harvest Time For Cucumbers?
It usually takes about twelve weeks from the time you sowed the seeds until you can harvest any fruit. You will know when to remove each cucumber by its size. The best time to pick is in the morning before it gets too hot.
Cut it with a sharp knife, scissors or secateurs from the plant, and only pick what you are able to eat unless they are getting too big. If you leave them too long before cutting, the fruit will become bitter.
Fresh Salad Produce Grown in my Garden
How Long Do Cucumber Plants Produce Fruit
If grown outside you should continue to harvest fresh cucumbers until at least September. If grown in a greenhouse then you will have at least another four weeks of growth. Every time you pick a cucumber it encourages more to grow.
Store in a fridge, and it should last for up to ten days. Wrap in cling film or an air tight bag to keep the moisture in.
Preventing Garden Pests
There are several ways to stop the plants from being attacked by insects and bugs.
- Put straw and some crushed egg shells around the base of the plant and this will stop slugs and snails from getting close.
- Try to harvest the fruit when the leaves are dry as this will minimize the spread of diseases.
Growing Cucumbers in a Greenhouse
If you have a big enough greenhouse where you can grow them, it would be well worth the effort. There is a special variety called Cucumber Flamingo, which I would recommend. This will give you long slender fruits.