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Cucumbers running rampent

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by 2nd_bassoon, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. 2nd_bassoon

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    I'm trying cucumbers for the first time this year; Burplass Tasty and Cucino. We don't have a greenhouse so they're growing outside, and because of space limitations I've got them going up supports rather than along the ground. They seem to like our sunny corner because they've grown far more than I expected, to the point where they're now starting to go a little wild. Do I need to/can I prune off some leaves/sideshots to retain a little order? They're covered in flowers/tiny fruits, but we've only had one reach edible size so far.
     
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    • pete

      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      You can remove some side shoots if you want to.
      Quite a happy situation to be in.:)
       
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      Since I am growing mine in containers this year, I definitely need to prune them in order to improve quality and to keep them orderly.

      I keep the leader and, at most, one secondary vine. I cut off all other side shoots on the leader and on the single secondary vine.

      A side shoot appears next to a leaf and a tendril so don't cut off the wrong bit.
       
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        I put mine in a self watering pot and it likes it a lot.
        Do you advise snipping the top at some point, to stop it from growing too tall?
        Now it is nearly 1,5m tall and it keeps growing.
         
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        No personally I'd just let it go, as long as you keep feeding.
        It's more about your available space:smile:
         
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          Thanks!
           
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              This is the second year I've tried cucumbers - to no avail. I plant the seeds in good compost in pots in the greenhouse. At most I get a little plant, no signs of a cucumber! This is despite watering daily. What am I doing wrong?
               
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              Cucumbers are quite demanding plants to grow from seed @cheryl felix - I find it best to start them in your house and then transplant into the greenhouse when all danger of frosts and cold nights have passed. Even then they will sulk if your get low temperature and stop growing for a few weeks or just die.

              You need to be careful with watering, only give the what they need, don't water every day if the compost is already wet. With small young plants they won't drink too much, it's only when they get to a couple of foot high they need a lot more - bit never splash the leaves of stems.
               
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              mine are in my greenhouse, first time growing this year too and they have gone crazy, i found a fully grown cucumber the other day right at the bottom behind a leaf, didnt even notice it before. very please with my first cucumber experience.
               

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