Majority of us savor the taste of cucumbers every year, which draw most of us yearning to start our own garden that includes those juicy, green cucumbers. This enables us to have them when needed for topping off a great salad or enjoying a cool summery drink! Before starting growing cucumbers in a green house, it is very important to get a thorough understand on how you are choosing to grow your cucumbers. To put it differently, cucumbers can grow in the ground, in grow bags and even in containers. Therefore, you must have knowledge about how you are planning to grow your cucumbers as well as the variety of cucumber seeds you will have to choose.
Greenhouse cucumbers possess a very smooth texture than those that were grown outdoors. This type of cucumber is sold in supermarkets, just like outdoor grown cucumbers. When growing greenhouse cucumbers, it is important to note that you will not need any male plants to pollinate the female plants. Therefore, you should either remove the male plants or purchase all female F1 hybrid varieties such as Cucumber ‘Flamingo’. If you do not remove the male plants, you are likely to obtain produce possess a very bitter taste.
The first thing you will need to do is sow the cucumber seed in a propagator between the months of March and April. When sowing, you should ensure to do so, on their sides at depth of ½ inch inside 3-inch post of free draining seed sowing compost. Next, you will need to place each pot in a propagator or you can seal them inside a plastic bag at 68F until germinated. This process takes 7-10 days.
After waiting 7-10 days for germination to complete, you will need to move them to a bright windowsill until they are large enough to be transplanted. When transplanting, try not to disturb the roots. It is also important to maintain your greenhouse temperatures at 60F while keeping the cucumbers moist! You should also ensure that there is enough spacing between the cucumbers to allow them to grow without interferences. It is recommended to allow spacing of two plants per grow bag or 18 inches apart.
How to caring for your cucumbers regular!
While growing cucumbers, it is essential to keep them watered favorably. Doing so will help you form and swell crop yields. You should also consider feeding your cucumber plants with high potash feed every two weeks after they began to develop. Below are a few other things you need to remember when caring for your cucumbers!
– Keep greenhouse warm and humid by spraying or damping down of pathways. (at least 60F)
– Protect your crops from scorching by applying some greenhouse shading
– Train your crops to climb up 6ft for higher yields by pinching out the end of each side shoot
– Always identify and remove any male plant in sight! (they are the plain stalks)