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How to Grow Cucumbers

Updated on July 2, 2011

Cumcumber Vines

How to Grow Cucumbers

There is nothing quite like the taste of a well-grown cucumber from your own vegetable gardening patch to slice onto your summer salads. However, well grown is the watchword because if it is not grown fast and picked early it will be bitter and horrible. Cucumbers come in many different shapes and sizes. You can get long green ones, round apple cucumbers and long whites, seedless and burpless. All are nice and what one you grow will depend on your preference.

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The first thing to do is prepare the soil by digging in plenty of compost and well-rotted manure. This in fact is the first rule of ecological gardening, feed the soil not the crop. The cucumber plant is a vine, so if you can grow it near a fence it can scramble up this will keep the fruit off the ground where they can be damaged. Growing them up a fence saves garden space. Otherwise, just let them ramble around the garden and protect the fruit by placing some straw underneath.

Cucumbers Growing

Now the Fun Part

Once your soil is prepared you will be able to plant the seeds in a saucer-shaped mound like you would with a pumpkin. Make each one about 12 inches in diameter and 3-4 inches high. Place five seeds in a circle around the mound, but when they germinate, choose the best three and discard the others. Seeds usually come ready dusted with fungicide to prevent damping off, but if your packet doesn’t mention this, then assume it has not been done and buy some. Simply place a teaspoon of the fungicide in a plastic bag with the seeds and shake it around.

You can also grow them in rows about 39 inches (100cm) apart. Seeds should be 16-20 inches (40-5-cm) apart. Mounds should be roughly the same. Cucumbers won’t germinate until the ground is really warm, so if you want to start them off early plant in pots - or buy the seedlings from the nursery.

Once the plants start to flower they need to have a side dressing of mixed fertilizer every 3-4 weeks while they are bearing. They should continue to bear right through the autumn. Picking the fruit young is the key to crisp and tasty cucumbers, but the vine also needs to have plenty of water, as the fruits are 80% water. If the fruit does not set it can be due to cold weather, or not enough bees.

Try pollinating the flowers by hand. The swelling at the base, similar to the pumpkin flower, can identify the female flower. Pick the male and tap the stamens onto the female flower, or use a cotton bud to transfer it.


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      6 years ago

      I was wondering can you eat the ones that grow into the shape of an oval?

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      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      I learned a lot from this hub. Last year I tried to grow cucumbers in my garden, but due to weather ,the wines burnt. This year I will grow again.Thanks for writing this article.

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      7 years ago

      thank you for sharing!

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      7 years ago from Northern Utah

      Great overlook on growing cucumbers. Was just wondering when you side dress your cucumbers with mixed fertilizer - what mix are you using. Just posted an article about cukes at

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      Jim Miller 

      8 years ago

      Very informative but I am trying to find out how to keep the seeds for next year. I got some plants at Lowe's and I didn't get around to picking them and darn things grew to 20" long but they had got yellow.


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