The Great Cucumber Growing Challenge

This 10-step plan will help you become a master at cucumber growing in just one season.



Cucumber Varieties
Cucumber variteties come in many shapes, sizes, flavors and growth habits.
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Cucumber Sizes
Compare the enormous ‘Yard Long Armenian’ to the American ‘Straight Eight.’
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Cucumber Beetle
Cucumber beetles and the bacterial wilt they carry can be avoided by using a floating row cover.
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Cucumber Seedling
Plants should be covered at all times from seedling to harvest, except for a few days when blossoms appear to allow pollination.
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Making Pickles
Anyone who can boil water can make pickles — no special equipment required.
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Cucumber Trellis
Varieties with long vines benefit from the assistance of a trellis, which also can serve as a support for a row cover.
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Cucumber Growth Habit
Cucumbers grow quickly during summer’s longest days. As day length declines, allow extra time for later plantings to mature.
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Cucumber Challenge
Follow these 10 steps and watch your score grow along with your knowledge.
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Basket of Cucumbers
Try to pick all the ripe cucumbers, because plants holding mature fruits will stop producing new ones, and rotting cucumbers can become a source for disease.
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Ground Grown Cucumbers
Many cucumber varieties can be grown on the ground in rows, but try to allow 5 feet of mulched space between each row.
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