Cucumber Planting Instructions
Cucumbers, are a popular home garden vegetable. Cucumbers are vining plants and require a large area to spread out and grow. If you have limited space, cucumbers are very easy to train up a fence or trellis. Cucumbers are susceptible to frost and like most summer vegetables tend to grow best in temperatures between 60 to 80 degrees. The average time to maturity is 55 to 70 days.
Sowing Cucumber Seeds: Plant cucumber seeds directly in the garden after the fear of frost. Cucumbers can be planted in hills or rows, either way seeds should be planted at a depth of 1 to 1 1/2 inches. When planting in rows, sow seeds 2" to 3" apart. If you are planting in hills, plant five to seven seed's per hill and after plants have sprouted thin to 3 to 5 plants per hill. Water after planting and if there is no rain, every two to three days until they germinate. Growing Cucumbers: Cucumber plants require well drained soil. Provide plenty of fertilize high in nitrogen. After the flowers begin to bloom switch to a . 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.
Harvesting: Cucumbers grow very quickly and are best when picked before they get too big. Picking cucumbers regularly will encourage new growth and fruit development.
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