Grow cucumbers in Pot, An easy to grow vegetable for summer

Growing Cucumbers in Containers: Care Tips

Summer cucumbers, with their lively flavor and crisp texture, are fun additions to the garden.

Growing cucumbers in pots allows you to start the plants earlier than those planted in soil.

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1 Sun exposure

This is crucial for cucumbers. They need about 6-8 hours of sun every day. Do not use random estimations or guesses. Use a sun calculator or time the exposure accurately. Your plant will need the right amount of sun in order to grow rIght

2 Fertilizing

Cucumbers feed heavy. Be sure to add minor amounts of fertilizers every week, especially during growing season.

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3 Watering

Be sure the soil is moist, not wet. The soil must be kept moist, deep so that moisture can reach the roots. The water should also reach all of the plant and be retained. Watch out for the sides of the soil to make if water is leaking or being absorbed.

4 Temperature

Warm temperatures suit cucumbers the best. Around 21 degrees Celsius is the ideal temperature for cucumber growth. Use pots that retain heat like black pots and Earth boxes.

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5 Harvesting

Cucumbers grow quick. They can grow to full height in a matter of days. Do not let them overripe or they will become bitter in taste. Cut them off rather than pulling so you don’t damage plants. The more you harvest, the more you will get in return.

6 Watch out for pests

Be careful of garden pests. Worms and mites target cucumbers. Organic pesticides like neem oil should be used to drive away these pesky creatures.

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7 Monitor plants for diseases

Bacterial wilt and Mildew are very common in cucumbers. Anti fungal products should be used to rid plants of Mildew but bacterial diseases may be harder to get rid of.

8 Protect against wind damage

Harsh winds can destroy your cucumbers even though a little wind is good for them. You can place your plant near the fence or the side of your home to make sure the cucumber has ample protection from wind.

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Container cucumbers should be set out in pots in early May in most areas. Put a stake or trellis in the pot when the cucumber is young. You can tie the vines to the support as the plant grows.

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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.

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