Advantages fresh, taste and delicous
Disadvantages need work
Cucumber- cucumus sativusSince I was a little girl my mom always was growing her own cucumbers. And they are so delicious, we are just pick them up and ate. Someone may say that cucumber is a just a cucumber but I will not agree to that. The cucumbers from the shop may taste same but you cannot replace the fresh smell of it. And it’s a great fun to grow them. As I notice in most supermarket and vegetable shops you only can find one kind of the cucumbers. I like to grow the little green ones and cucumbers called “lemon” -which look just like a lemon but taste like the cucumbers.
Ridge cucumbers have the male and female flowers on the same plant and you have to pollinate them to produces any fruits. And to do so - just pick the male flower and stick them in to the female flower.
The greenhouse cucumbers also have the male and female flowers on the plant but they do not need to be pollinated as a female produces own fruit. But you have to get rid of any male flowers as they taste bitter and they are unpleasant to eat- they normally swell at one end.
To grow cucumber only what you will need is 3” pot, seeds, john Innes seed compost. Some people grow then in the propagators or warm greenhouse, but the widow seal is good as anything. To sow the seed you have to choice only the plump, clean seeds and throw away any which are flat, discolored or very small. Place one seed in each pot- always place them on edge sideways about 0.5 inches deep. The pots with seed need to be water regularly to germinate. When they pop out from the ground, place them in the nice sunny spot. When you notice white roots on top of the compost it will be time to plant them out in the bigger pot about five inch. And when you will see the roots on top of the compost again they should be ready to plant them out to the prepared bed.CARE
The growing cucumbers plant will need a support. If you will be growing them in the greenhouse you will need to train them on wires or string. And if you will be growing them outside you can use a bamboo cane to train them.
If you are growing them in the greenhouse makes sure that the atmosphere in it is humid.
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