POONA KHEERA CUCUMBER SEEDS
Creamy, light green fruits are tender and delicious. Disease tolerant, with early and heavy yields. Fruits ripen with a russet brown skin and remain tender for a long time.
Naturally Grown and Photographed by Margie’s Wild Pasture Homestead in Nova Scotia.
GROWING CUCUMBERS FROM SEED
Scientific Name: Cucumis Sativus
Cucumbers are warm weather crops that require well-drained soil. Mulching your soil will help keep the ground warm in preparation for planting. Your cucumber plants require consistent and adequate water to continue producing over an extended period.
Sow your cucumber seeds indoors in cell trays 3-4 weeks before you intend to transplant them out. Sow 1-2 seeds per cell, ½ inch deep.
The optimal germination temperature for your cucumber seeds is above 25 degrees Celsius. Use a heat mat or a germination chamber to keep the temperature consistently warm.
Once your seedlings emerge, aim for daytime temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius and nighttime temperatures of no lower than 20 degrees Celsius.
When your cucumbers have 2 to 4 true leaves, they are ready to be transplanted. Harden your cucumber seedlings off for 3 to 5 days. Ensure temperatures of 16 to 18 degrees Celsius before you transplant cucumbers outside.
Space your cucumbers 12 to 24 inches apart.
Sow your cucumber seeds directly into your garden well after the last frost date in your area. Remember that the ideal germination temperature for cucumbers is above 25 degrees Celsius.
Sow your seeds into warm soil, 1 every 6 inches, ½ inch deep. Thin seedlings to 12 to 24 inches apart depending on your growing method.
If you want straight cucumber fruits, trellis your plants. Trellising yields straighter fruits, provides better air circulation to fend off disease and uses less of your precious garden space.
Provide your cucumber plants with a mesh or fence trellis to climb, or train and prune your plants to climb up a single leader of twine. Some cucumber varieties grow up to 8 feet tall so know your variety and plan accordingly.
Harvest your cucumbers daily once your plants start producing.