How to plant cucumbers

13-02-2020    10:46   |    Homeguides

Cucumbers are warm-season vegetables that grow well in full sun and well-drained soil. The cucumber grows 1 to 6 feet high and 1 to 2 feet wide, depending on the variety. Most varieties of the cucumber are dark green, but some are white, cream and yellow. There are three varieties of cucumbers: slicing, pickling and burpless. All varieties are planted the same way, except indoor types may be grown in a greenhouse, because they require high humidity and temperatures in a range of 64 to 86 degrees F. Cucumbers grow well in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4a to 11b.



Planting Transplants

1

Start plants indoors in mid-spring to late spring about four weeks before transplanting outdoors. Sow two to three seeds in a 2- to 3-inch pot.

2

Place a heat mat set to 70 degrees under the seeds. Avoid watering until after germination. Maintain a minimal temperature of 65 degrees.

3

Keep the soil moist during germination. Maintain a minimal temperature of 60 degrees, and keep the plants in good, even light. Thin out all but the strongest seedling.

4

Harden off seedlings when they are at the three-to-four leaf stage in late spring to early summer.


5

Make holes or a trench about 12 inches deep and 18 inches wide. Till in 1.85 cubic yards of well-rotted manure and compost to a depth of 6 to 8 inches per 100 square feet. Mound 6 inches of soil, spacing mounds 18 inches apart for climbing plants and 36 inches apart for bush plants


6

Plant the seedlings deep enough so the stem is not covered. Irrigate consistently, watering when the soil is dry past the first joint of your finger.



Direct Seeding

1

 

Plant seed in spring after the risk of frost has passed, when soil temperatures are 60 degrees or warmer.

2

 

Make holes or a trench about 12 inches deep and 18 inches wide. Till in 1.85 cubic yards of well-rotted manure and compost to a depth of 6 to 8 inches per 100 square feet.

3

 

Mound a pile of soil 6 inches tall. Space mounds 18 inches apart for climbing plants and 36 inches apart for bush plants. Plant about four to six seeds to a depth of 1 inch in the middle of the mound. Cover the seed, and then tamp the soil lightly.

4

 

Thin out all but two to three healthy seedlings per mound. Irrigate consistently, soaking with 1 inch of water when the soil is dry past the first joint of your finger.

Things You Will Need

§  2- to 3-inch pots

§  Heat mat

§  Well-rotted manure

§  Compost

Tip

§  Do not plant cucumbers outside until after all risk of frost has passed. 

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