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How to Grow Cucumbers Indoors in Containers
Let Grow Cucumbers Indoors
Latin Name: Cucumis sativus
Many types of cucumbers, either for pickling or slicing, have gained popularity in home gardens over the years. The main consideration for cucumbers is real estate, as they require substantial amounts of space to thrive. Those working in smaller spaces should consider training vines onto vertical structures to increase the growing surface of the garden. They can also be grown in containers, a good option for residential farmers The cucumber ranges in size from the small gherkin type to the long, thin, slicing variety. There are also yellow and fruited varieties. A gardener has a great number of options when selecting what type of cucumbers to include in the vegetable patch.
Cucumbers are a subtropical crop, requiring long warm days, plenty of sunshine, and balmy nights. Many new cultivars have been bred to produce shorter growing seasons, making them ideal for cooler climates. Cucumbers thrive best at relatively high temperatures, 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature range. The plants will die in frost conditions. Since it can grow quickly, it must be well supplied with moisture and plant nutrient elements throughout the growing season.
Cucumbers can flourish successfully in many types of soils. The preferred soil is loose, sufficiently drained, and adequately supplied with organic matter and plant nutrients. Work in organic matter such as well-rotted manure or compost before planting. The soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0.
Lime and fertilizers are best applied using soil test results as a guide. Over-fertilization interferes with the production of the fruit.
|Lighting Needs:||Full sun|
|Soil Type:||Mildly acidic, Neutral|
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The methods and principles for growing cucumbers indoors are very similar to that of many indoor plants.
There are certain requirements that you should follow if you want to get the most out of your efforts.
The cucumber is thought to originate from Eastern Africa/Asia and has been grown indoors by people, it is thought, as far back as the ancient Egyptians.
Gardening Basics to Get Started Growing Cucumbers indoors in your home
Choosing & Planting the seeds
What you need to know about which seeds you should pick for the best crop.
You should aim to grow AT LEAST 2 plants for pollination purposes.
Light & Temperature
How to provide the correct environment for your plants to ensure growth.
In the early stages of growth, if you can provide continuous light for the plants then do so as this will provide stimulation. If this is not possible, then provide light for as long as possible for a similar effect.
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-Watering techniques specifically for cucumbers.
Feeding & Nutrition
How to make sure that your plants get all the nutrients that they need in order to survive and produce juicy fruits!
- Use Miracle Gro Performance Organics All Purpose Plant Nutrition Granules to feed your plants, flowers, vegetables, and herbs
- The shaker jug makes feeding in-ground and container plants easy
- In as little as 7 days you'll start to see results (vs unfed plants)
- Enjoy Miracle Gro results with organic, all natural ingredients
- Reapply every 4 to 6 weeks and water regularly for best results
How to ensure that your plants are productive in their indoor environment.
Cucumber plants produce both male and female flowers. Male flowers outnumber the female flowers which can be identified by the tiny cucumbers growing behind the flower.
To pollinate your plant/s, pollen must be transferred from the male flowers to the female flowers. To do this clip a male flower off the plant and peel back the petals to use the flower as a brush. Ideally, you should use males and females from alternative plants for the best results.
How to collect your fruit safely and how to maximize crop growth for the future.