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Humans have cultivated the humble, delicious cucumber for millenia. With it's juicy, crunchy goodness right in the middle of summer, what's not to love?!
Outdoor cucumbers often produce both male and female flowers, which need the pollination assistance of the good bees and other insects. This type are of a rougher skin to survive all weather types.
Indoor cucumbers usually produce the familiar, smooth, elongated fruits. Greenhouse cucumbers don’t need pollinating - in fact male flowers, with a short, thin stalk should be removed to prevent pollination happening as this will result in bitter tasting fruits. Many F1 hybrid varieties have been bred to only produce female flowers and therefore avoid this issue.
Sow and Grow Info...
Sow direct into the ground where possible, making sure to have room for the vines to run. Cucumber plants love a full sun position. Protect the newly emerged seedlings from direct sunlight to avoid scorch/burning.
Cucumbers plants are sensitive to and will sulk if there is too much root disturbance so if transplanting, take care when potting. They also love water, BUT, do not let water sit on the necks of the developing fruits. Raised mounds and watering from below are recommended to keep the water off them.
Here's the secret: add the ash from your fireplace or fire pit, every couple of weeks for the biggest, fattest cucumbers.
Crystal apple (outdoor) variety...
- Lemon Cucumbers
- Crystal Lemon
are a very old variety cultivated since in 1894 and will bring a multitude of bees into your garden!
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