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Episode 109: Cucumbers

Socrates, a burpless cucumber variety growing in a greenhouse on a string trellis. Photo by Hilary Dahl for our newest how-to gardening book, Grow More Food

Socrates, a burpless cucumber selection rising in a greenhouse on a string trellis.
Picture by Hilary Dahl for our latest how-to gardening guide, Develop Extra Meals

All the things you wished to find out about cucumbers however have been afraid to ask. We dig into the historical past of the cucumber, it is botanical curiosities and why you need to begin succession planting them.


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Present Notes and Phrases:

Cucumbers / Cucumis sativus

  • A part of the plant you eat: The fruit. Formally, the cucumber is classed as a pepo, which a kind of berry.

  • Days to maturity: 45-65

  • Methods to plant: Sow seeds indoors as transplants 2-3 weeks earlier than planting out. Wait till the temperatures are 65°-70° earlier than planting out. Cucumbers could be direct sown when soil temperatures attain 70°. Crops must be spaced 12-18” aside. Should you’re direct sowing, place seeds each 6” and skinny as soon as seedlings germinate.

  • Ultimate germination temp: 70°

  • Hardiness: Arduous frost will kill cucumber vegetation

  • Cucumber development behavior: Cucumbers varieties are available each bush and trailing development habits.

  • Fertilization wants: Fertilize at planting and each 2-3 weeks with a liquid fertilizer.

  • Principal classes of cucumbers:

    • Slicing

    • Pickling

    • Burpless

  • Additionally talked about on this episode:

    • Linnaean taxonomy

    • Parthenocarpic vegetation

String trellising cucumbers:

Cucumbers on string trellis

Bastille cucumbers_2019.jpg

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By Colin McCrate, Brad Halm

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