Although many people believe that cucumber is a vegetable, a vegetable and others consider it a vegetable in its strictest sense, botanically the cucumber is a fruit. Learn all about how to grow cucumbers
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How to Grow Cucumbers from Seed
Cucumbers love soils that contain a lot of compost and need good soil drainage. It requires a warm climate as it is very sensitive to cold and frost. It is recommendable to plant the seeds at the beginning of spring. The seeds germinate between 5 and 8 days.
In gardens, it is recommended to make a 12″ (30 cm) hole in the place where the cucumber is to be planted and fill the hole with a mixture: 1/2 soil and 1/2 compost.
The pots should be filled with the same mixture mentioned.
It is sown in separate lines 40″ (1 m) and placing 2-3 seeds every 27″ (70 cm) each and a 1.2″ (3 cm) deep.
The cucumber plant needs a lot of humidity, this is why it is recommended to keep the soil of the plant very moist throughout its life. But it does not tolerate having its roots in water, always check that it has good drainage.
Full sun is recommended and exposed to at least 6 hours of sun daily
Pest and Disease Control
Cucumbers are vulnerable to fungal and pest problems. Some fungal problems can be avoided by using a trellis; but others, such as mildew, oidium, and fruit rot, may require some type of intervention. When detecting the first symptoms of fungus, use a fungicide.
For common pests such as cucumber beetles, aphids, and stink bugs, you can use an insecticide powder.
At 60-70 days after sowing approximately. For fresh consumption, it is harvested with 2/3 of its final size and for pickles, it is at 30-40 days and approximately 1.2-2″ (3-5 cm) long.
How to Grow Cucumbers: Tips
It is a climbing plant. This one does very well when it is made to climb. To achieve this, it is recommended to put a fence or guide.
The fruits should be kept off the ground.
If the cucumber soil is always moist, it will give better and juicier fruits.