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How to Grow Cucumbers - an easy step by step guide

Updated on May 23, 2012

Cucumber Socrates - ‘Petita’ Type

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Most of us at some time or another have had a go at growing tomatoes, it’s pretty ‘foolproof’ so you are just about guaranteed a decent crop!

But have you tried growing cucumbers?

Initially, on first investigation I found all this confusion about male and female flowers, was a bit too complicated for me.

But not all varieties of cucumbers lead complicated lives, and I have found this variety as easy to grow as tomatoes and far more rewarding!

Cucumber Socrates ‘Petita’ Type, is a vigorous, strong plant that produces numerous mini, sweet, juicy cucumbers.

It’s an 'all female' variety, so you don’t get stressed about being on the constant look-out for and getting rid of the male flowers!

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For the best results, follow the simple steps below...have fun!


  • Plant your seed on it’s side/edge (don’t lay it flat) a quarter of an inch deep in compost in a small pot. Keep moist.

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  • Seedling will appear in 7-14 days.
  • When plants have developed 3-4 leaves transplant to a large pot.
  • As your plant grows, train it up canes, trellis or net.
  • Your cucumber plant, is very low maintenance; water regularly and stop lateral growth two leaves past each fruit.
  • Feed your cucumber plant about once a week with a good tomato feed and it will reward you with a bountiful supply of beautiful cucumbers.

This variety is happy in a greenhouse or outside.


Growing your own vegetables is so rewarding...ENJOY!

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My First Cucumber

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    • Movie Master profile image
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      Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi poetryman, what a shame you have a bug problem! We had another bumper crop this year.

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Beautiful crop. If only we could have kept the bugs off ours.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jools, I haven't tried Marketmore as I have had so much success with Socrates mini cue's - it sounds as though you are in for a bumper crop!

      Looking forward to the updates:-)

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      Jools99 6 years ago from North-East UK

      Another great hub Lesley, I have planted Marketmore but I will look out for the Socrates. I will need to watch out for the male flowers on the Marketmore - I have six plants so far, going to plant 3 outside and 3 in my mini greenhouse just to see which works best before I do it again next year.

      Voted up.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi stars, I loved your story about Betsy, she sounded like quite a character!

      I like growing these mini cucumbers, it's surprising how many you can grow in a pot!

      Many thanks for stopping by, take care and best wishes to you and your family, Lesley

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful hub, and thanks for the info. I definitely will be planting some in a pot, or two. We use to raise them on the ground on rows in about and acre of land on our property. One day long ago, my mule Betsy got loose as she was always good at escaping from her pasture. I tried to stop her from taking off like a jet. I held on tight to my end of the rope. She dragged me all the way threw the cucumber patch, we went over a ditch, and on the highway where and eighteen wheeler almost hit us. She fell on top of me in the ditch, and I hugged her later , and said, " Bad mule, your a real bad naughty mule," and I hugged her, and thanked God we did not kick our buckets. Loved your hub. Cucumbers bring back old memories. What a neat way to grow them in pots. GBY.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi sgbrown, it seems we have a common interest! I love gardening and enjoy growing vegetables, this was my first attempt at growing cucumbers and was very successful!

      I too look forward to reading more of your hubs, thank you for visiting and your comments, see you again soon, best wishes.

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      Sheila Brown 6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Movie Master! First of all I would like to thank you for the follow! :) I see that you enjoy gardening as well. My husband and I plant a garden every year. We also plant cucumbers, but a different variety as we use most of our for pickles. You have several hubs that I am going to come back to read. I have voted this hub up and useful and am following you back. Thanks for sharing!

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      kikalina 6 years ago from Europe

      Thank you

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi kikalina, plant the seeds in early spring to flower in the summer, in the UK I plant the seeds in March or April, good luck!

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      kikalina 6 years ago from Europe

      When would be the best time to grow?

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi kikalina, I think cucumbers are one of the most rewarding plants to grow, just one plant in a pot will produce 10-12 cucumbers!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM

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      kikalina 6 years ago from Europe

      I cant believe they grew so big in a pot! gratz

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi sweetie1, this is a lovely small, sweet and juicy variety to grow and it's delicous! thank you so much for visiting, have a lovely day and see you again soon!

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Hi movie maker, a have a friend who is from farming family and they grow it commercially on farms. Been there and there is nothing like plucking a fruit or vegetable fresh and have it. Though cucumber in your pictures look little different variety than we get in north India. Our have little lighter skin.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Brendan, thanks for dropping by, good question, there is no obvious way to know they are ripe, I just go by the size! so your first cucumber may be a bit of trial and error! hope they taste good!

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      Brendan 6 years ago

      Silly question, I am growing cucumbers for the first time. How do you know when they are ripe and ready to be picked?

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi daisyjae, I hope you have some success with your cucumbers, try this variety it's a nice easy one to grow. Happy planting and see you soon!

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      daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

      Its not so easy for me to grow cucumbers, mine keep dying! I will try your tips and see if it helps.

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      Movie Master 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi ateachinggarden, I planted my seeds a little early this year as it was so mild here in the UK, I have little cucumbers forming already, so as usual I get pretty excited!! thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy your cucumbers!

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      Dana Hayden, M.Ed. 7 years ago from near Seattle

      Thank you for this, I am going to plant my cucumber seeds today!

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      Movie Master 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mrs J.B. It is the perfect cucumber to grow for the beginner, I hope your son gives it a go! That's great you are enjoying my hubs, many, many thanks.

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      Mrs. J. B. 7 years ago from Southern California

      Nice cucumber for a beginner. I kill plants so I might ask my son to give it a try. He seems to have a green thumb. Your hubs are great. I have enjoyed each one so far.

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      Movie Master 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Hyphenbird, my family make fun of me because I get so excited about growing my cucumbers! enjoy! and thanks for your comments.

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      Brenda Barnes 7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I am growing container gardens this summer. I had not thought about cucumbers. Thanks for the idea and information. I am so excited.

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      Movie Master 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sangre,They really are easy to grow, rewarding and most importantly - delicous!

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      Sp Greaney 7 years ago from Ireland

      Good tips on growing cucumbers. Not as hard as I thought. Plus eating your own homegrown food is more rewarding

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      David Warren 7 years ago from Nevada

      Will do. Thank You!

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      Movie Master 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi David, there is still enough time to plant your seeds, you could be eating them by August! If not something to look forward to next year!

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      David Warren 7 years ago from Nevada

      They look great. I should have read this before I decided too stick with flowers for the deck this year.

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      Movie Master 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dexter, Very juicy and tasty - guaranteed!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 7 years ago from United States

      Wow. Those cucumbers look very good!! Great hub and photos!

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      Movie Master 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi TajSingh, A cucumber has a lot going for it, fun to grow, lots of vitamins and nutrients and tastes very good! thanks for dropping by!

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      TajSingh 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Movie Master. Thanks for the step by step guide on how to grow cucumber. Cucumber also has lots of health benefits that's why I like it.

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      Movie Master 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Scosgrove, They are little beauties! delicious!

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      Movie Master 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Cloverleaf These cucumbers are the best!

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      Scosgrove 7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Wow!! I have to agree with Cloverleaf. Those look incredible!

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      Cloverleaf 7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      They look delicious! Great hub.

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