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Growing Cucumbers (outdoor)

 

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Below are general guidelines for growing outdoor cucumbers including plant height to enable you to plan exactly where to place them when growing amongst other plants.

 

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Plant Height

Trailer  (approx  30cm/12-inches)

Time between sowing and harvesting

12-14 weeks

Sowing time

Indoors- late April   - temperature   +

Outdoors - Late May - Early June - temperature +19C/66F

 

Where to Sow

Indoors in pots of compost 

Outdoors in containers or open ground

Requires very rich, well drained soil/compost

 

How to Sow

Indoors - 12mm/1/2" deep on its side -1 per  7.5cm/3" pot 

Outdoors in containers - 2.5cm/1" deep on its side in large  containers (at least 30cm/12inches wide)  or 2 per growbag 

Outdoors in open ground - 5cm/1" deep on its side at least 45cm/18 inches apart on all sides.

 

After Germination

Keep well watered.

 

Growing on - 

in Containers

Harden off indoor sown plants then transplant to large containers or growbags, spacing as above.

Growing on -

in open ground

As above

Aftercare

Pinch out growing tips after 6 or 7 leaves have developed. This will produce side shoots. These can be left to trail on the ground or trained up netting. Keep very well watered but only water around the plants and feed with liquid fertiliser once the flowers have faded and the fruits begin to form. 

Harvesting

Cut fruit at 15-20cm/6-8". Cropping only continues until 1st frosts (about 6 weeks).

 

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