How to easily grow cucumbers

by Anna | 24.10.2013 | 2 steps | medium | 60 Min. | Rating: 1 votes

Have some fun growing this great salad vegetable, the cucumber. You could even go Greek once it's ready to eat and turn it in to Tzatziki, yummy!

Cucumbers are a great veggie that can be grown at home and will offer something exciting to add to your salad bowl. They might seem rather exotic and something you’d never thought you could grow yourself. Given half the chance, cucumbers will thrive in your vegetable patch or even in pots on a balcony.

It takes one hour per 10 plants.

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Plants
Cucumber seeds
Materials
Seed tray
General liquid fertiliser
Tools
Trowel
Fork
Sharp knife
cucumber greenhouse

cucumber greenhouse

cucumber greenhouse

Step 1

Planting

If you want to get off to an early start, sow your cucumbers in pots during April, placing seeds in a seed-starting mix at a depth of 1.3cm.

Cucumbers will be quick to germinate, and once they’ve done so, keep plants watered and grow them on by transplanting young seedlings into 25cm pots filled with potting mix. Alternatively, plant them in a greenhouse at a temperature of 15ºC or higher.

Items:
Trowel
Fork
Seed tray
Cucumber seeds
liquid fertilizer

liquid fertilizer

liquid fertilizer

Step 2

The growing process

To ensure that cucumbers develop well, you’ll need to train the main stem up some mesh or a cane, whilst side shoots can be left on the ground.

Once plants have grown seven leaves along the main stem, pinch out the growing tip so that energy is put into developing flowers and crops. You should also do this for side shoots that don’t develop any flowers, preventing them from becoming too long and spindly.

Throughout the growing process take care to ensure that plants never dry out and offer a general liquid fertiliser every 10 to 14 days.

When cucumbers are between 15cm and 20cm in length, remove them with a sharp knife.

Items:
Sharp knife
General liquid fertiliser
Plants
Cucumber seeds
Materials
Seed tray
General liquid fertiliser
Tools
Trowel
Fork
Sharp knife
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