Cucumber

How To Grow

Sowing:

  • Sow indoors using large yoghurt pot or bean tin with holes punched in the base for drainage

  • Sow 1 seed on its side, 2cm deep in moist compost that will drain well

  • Shade them from direct sunlight to protect from scorching

  • Place the containers inside a plastic bag to retain heat and moisture until germination occurs

  • Germination typically takes 7 - 14 days

  • Remove weaker seedling once germination has occurred 


Transplanting

  • Harden plants for 7 days or so before transplanting –  bring them outdoors each day for a few hours

  • Soil to transplant into needs to be well drained, fertile soil (e.g. compost) in warm weather, in a sunny position with shelter from wind if possible 

  • Making a pile of compost and soil (30cm in diameter approx.) where you want to plant your cucumber, place plant in the top of the mound, ensuring plants are 45cm apart

  • Make sure soil is well watered (water soil, not plant) and never let soil dry out. Also ensure well drained (hence mound of soil – allows for good drainage)

  • Assist plant by tying it to a supporting stake/post with some string or anything similar (can be a simple stick, piece of bamboo, anything that will support its upright growth)

  • To encourage growth and deter pests, feed every 3 - 4 weeks with organic fertiliser (e.g. dried seaweed fertiliser, sachets available on sow.ie)


Growing Time: 

  • Approx. 2 months


Harvest:

  • Harvest your cucumbers while they are young and tender.

  • Cut your cucumbers from the vine – don’t pull off

  • Harvest  in the morning when temperatures are cooler.


Tip: Don’t leave ripe cucumbers on plant as they will discourage the plant from continuing to grow

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