Cucumber, Greenhouse

Cucumber, Greenhouse
what is the best way to grow a cucumber?

i do not have a greenhouse but i know cucumbers CAN be grown outdoors. another plot holder gave me a packet of ‘marketmore’ cucumber seeds and i would like to grow them.

I would start them off indoors and then plant out. Please could someone tell me when i should be doing this (i am in the UK, Suffolk) and any tips on growing?

Cucumbers, commonly called “cukes”, are a favorite garden vegetable. Most gardeners grow at least one variety, if not more. Although quite susceptible to insect and disease problems, they are easy to grow. They are also prolific producers.

Cucumbers are vining plants, members of the Cucurbita family which includes pumpkins, squash, and gourds. They grow best when allowed to sprawl along the ground in your garden. This is because secondary roots will develop along the vine at the junction between the vine and the leaf. Secondary roots are a source of additional nutrients for your plant and fruits’ growth.

If you have limited space, cucumbers are very successfully grown in a small space by training them up a fence or trellis. If a trellis or fence is your only choice, go for it . You will not be disappointed.

Fresh cucumbers are great on vegetable trays with dip, sliced or in salads.

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Varieties:

Slicing Cucumbers

Pickling Cucumbers

Oriental- These are long and thin with many over a foot long.

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Days to Maturity:

55 to 65 days. Once cucumbers begin to ripen, you can usually harvest them for several weeks.

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Sowing:

Plant in rows or hills, planting them one to 1 1/2 inches deep. When planting in rows, sow seeds 2 to 3″ apart. If you are planting in hills, plant four to five per hill. After they have germinated, keep the best two to three. Cover very lightly with soil.Water the first day and if there is no rain, every two to three days until they germinate.

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Growing Cucumbers:

Cucumbers require well drained soil. Like other members of the cucurbita family, they are big eaters. Provide plenty of fertilize high in nitrogen. Switch over to a more balanced fertilizer, after the flowers begin to bloom. A side dressing of fertilizer and regular feedings of fertilizer will significantly help the health of the plant and the size of the harvest.

Also make sure to provide lots of water to for fast growth.

Tip: Cucumbers grow quickly and are at their best when picked before they get too big. Encourage new fruit development by picking regularly. Do not allow them to get overripe on the vine or they will slow down, if not cease bearing new fruit.

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Insects and Pests:

Like all members of the Cucurbita family, the Cucumber Beetle is the dreaded pest of cucumbers. Cucumber Beetles are either striped or spotted. They feed on the leaves of the plants and can cause even greater damage as they spread disease from one plant to another. They are effectively treated with most insecticides. Mild insecticides like Sevin are most commonly used for effective treatment.

Public enemy number one to the cucurbita family is the Squash Vine Borer which bores into the vine, usually near the tap root ,and will eat right through the vine. Once it gets inside, the only way to kill it is to surgically remove it. Cutting Squash Vine Borers out of your vine is done by slicing up or down from the entry area until you find the pest. Then, apply fungicide around the wound to minimize disease.

A variety of other pest can also cause problems, depending upon where you live.

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Disease:

As a member of the Cucurbita family, cucumbers are susceptible to the same diseases as pumpkin and squash. These include both fungus and bacterial problems. Treat with fungicides at the first sign of problems.

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Hardiness:

Cucumbers are susceptible to spring and fall frost. They grow best in temperatures between 60 to 80 degrees.

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