Information About Cucumbers

Information About Cucumbers

Keeping Cucumbers Fresh: Learn How To Store Cucumbers

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Fortunately, many vegetables and fruits have long shelf lives. Some vegetables, such as cucumbers, don't have a long shelf life but can be preserved in ways that extend the storage life. Click this article to learn more about cucumber storage.

Pickling Cucumber Varieties – How To Grow Cucumbers For Pickling

By Amy Grant

If you love pickles, you’ve noticed the varying pickling cucumber varieties. Some may be large and sliced lengthwise or in rounds, and some are small and pickled whole. So what is a pickling cucumber and how do you grow picklers? Find out in this article.

Cucumber Leaf Spot: Treating Angular Leaf Spot In Cucumbers

By Teo Spengler

When you notice small circular spots on your cucumber plant leaves, you are probably dealing with cucumber leaf spot. Click this article for information about this disease and how to start treating angular leaf spot in cucumbers.

Cucumber Plant Drops Fruit – Why Are Cucumbers Falling Off Vine

By Jackie Carroll

Cucumbers that are shriveling and dropping off the vines are a frustration for gardeners. Why do we see cucumbers falling off the vine more than ever? A lack of seeds or pollination are most often to blame. Click this article to learn more.

Lemon Cucumber Planting – How To Grow A Lemon Cucumber

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Although this round, yellow veggie is often grown as a novelty, it is appreciated for its mild, sweet flavor and cool, crispy texture. As an added benefit, lemon cucumber plants continue to produce later in the season than most other varieties. Learn more here.

Cucumber Plant Companions: Plants That Grow Well With Cucumbers

By Amy Grant

Choosing the right cucumber plant companions will help the plant thrive much like human companionship. While there are some plants that grow well with cucumbers, there are also others that can impede development. Learn more in this article.

Cucumber Varieties: Learn About Different Types Of Cucumbers Plants

By Amy Grant

Under the umbrella of the two common cucumber types, you will find a wealth of different varieties suitable for your growing needs. Learning a little bit about different cucumber varieties will help you to decide which is right for your needs. Get more info here.

Spiny Cucumbers: Why Do My Cucumbers Get Prickly

By Amy Grant

If you?ve never seen spines on cucumbers, then you may be asking ?why did my cucumbers get prickly, and are spiny cucumbers normal?? Let?s investigate these questions and learn the answers in this article.

What Are Pickleworms: Tips For Treating Pickleworms In Gardens

By Kristi Waterworth

They may sound like the residents of your favorite fictitious childhood world, but pickleworms are serious business. In this article, we'll walk you through identifying pickleworm damage and tell what you can do about these nasty little caterpillars.

Cucumber With Holes: What Causes Holes In Cucumbers

By Amy Grant

Nothing's more disappointing than cucumbers with holes. Picking a cucumber with holes in it is a fairly common problem. What causes holes in cucumber fruit and how can they be prevented? Read this article to find out.

Cucumber Hollow Heart: Reasons For Cucumber Hollow In Middle

By Amy Grant

My friend's mother makes the most incredible, crisp, spicy pickles I've ever had. She has forty years of experience, but even so, she has had her share of problems. One such issue has been hollow heart in cucumbers. Read here for more info.

Cucumbers Not Straight – Why Are My Cucumbers Curling?

By Kristi Waterworth

Some denizens of the garden, like tomatoes or squash, may give little trouble, but cucumbers can be picky about growing conditions when they're fruiting, like curly cucumber fruit. Learn why this happens here.

Cucumber Harvest: Learn When And How To Harvest Cucumbers

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

You should know when to pick a cucumber in order to experience the crisp, juicy flesh that is perfect for salads, pickling and many other uses. But when and how do you harvest them? This article will help with that.

Cucumber Plant Pollination – How To Pollinate Cucumber By Hand

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Cucumber plant pollination by hand is necessary in some situations. Multiple visits from the bees are required for good fruit set, but a helping hand is needed now and then. Click here for more info.

Cucumber Mosaic Virus Symptoms And Treatment

By Jackie Rhoades

Cucumber mosaic disease isn?t limited to cucumbers. While these and other curcurbits can be stricken, Cucumber Mosaic Virus regularly attacks a wide variety of other garden vegetables. Click here for more info.

Bacterial Wilt Of Cucumbers

By Kathee Mierzejewski

If you are wondering why your cucumber plants are wilting, you might want to look for bugs. The bacterium that causes wilt in cucumber plants usually overwinters in the belly of the striped cucumber beetle. Learn more here.

Causes Of Misshaped Cucumbers

By Kathee Mierzejewski

Every garden should have cucumbers. They grow easily and usually don't give anyone any trouble. However, once in a while, you end up with misshaped cucumbers. Learn why this happens here.

Information On Planting Cucumbers On A Fence

By Heather Rhoades

A cucumber fence is fun and space saving way to grow cucumbers. If you have not tried growing cucumbers on a fence yet, you will be in for a pleasant surprise. Learn the benefits and how to grow cucumbers on a fence here.

What Causes Bitter Cucumber

By Heather Rhoades

Cucumbers fresh from the garden are a treat, but occasionally, a gardener bites into a homegrown cucumber and thinks "my cucumber is bitter, why?" Understanding what causes bitter cucumber can help, so read here.

Leave Cucumber Plant Tendrils Attached

By Heather Rhoades

While they may look like tentacles, the thin, curly threads that come off the cucumber are actually natural and normal growths on you cucumber plant. These tendrils (not tentacles) should not be removed. Learn why here.

Tips For Growing Cucumbers

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Cucumbers are great for pickling, tossing in salads, or eating straight off the vine. Read this article to get tips for growing cucumbers in the garden and how to care for them to make the most of your harvest.


Cucumbers: Storage Tips to Keep Them Fresh

Summer is officially over but nobody has told our cucumbers they are producing better now than they did all summer! It is probably because we had such a hot summer this year. In contrast early autumn has been warm but not too hot so the vegetables are very happy!

We love eating fresh cucumbers but sometimes there are a few too many to handle. At the moment we are picking a couple of them every other day! We have had an oversupply of cucumbers other years too and we have found it hard to keep them fresh until they can be used or given away to family and friends.

Last year we tried wrapping them in plastic like how they wrap the long cucumbers at the supermarket. Then we stored them in the fridge but they didn’t keep very well. Actually they went all slimy – Yuk!

Apparently you are supposed to store your cucumbers at room temperature but ours always go soft and limp if we do that. This link suggests that they should be stored at around 55 °F (12 °C) but we don’t have any spots in our house that are that cool during summer! Because we don’t have a cool room we have no choice but to store ours in the refrigerator.

Earlier this year we found this article that discusses harvesting and storing cucumbers. It suggests that you wrap them in a towel and then put them in the fridge.

How We Are Storing Our Cucumbers To Keep Them Fresh For Longer!

  • Wrap each cucumber is a sheet of paper towel – try to cover as much of the outside of the cucumber as you can.
  • Now wrap the cucumber in plastic cling film and place it in the fridge.

Just remember that cucumbers don’t like to be too cold so it is best to keep them in one of the warmer sections of the fridge. We have found that storing them on a shelf near the front of the fridge is good.

This method has been very successful with cucumbers harvest over a week earlier still coming out nice and crisp and fresh. We have three or four in the fridge at the moment and there’s plenty more on the way. So now we can keep them fresh for our yummy salads!


How to Grow Cucumbers in Pots

Last Updated: March 29, 2019 References Approved

This article was co-authored by Lauren Kurtz. Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. Lauren has worked for Aurora, Colorado managing the Water-Wise Garden at Aurora Municipal Center for the Water Conservation Department. She earned a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Western Michigan University in 2014.

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Cucumbers can be tricky to grow in pots since they require a lot of vertical space. It can be done, however, if you select a bush variety instead of a climbing variety or you provide room for the cucumber to spread out by adding a stake or trellis. Use well-draining, nutritional soil and keep it moist throughout the growing season to help your potted cucumber plant grow.


3: Plant Cucumbers in the Right Place

Cucumbers can be finicky about the amount of sunlight and water they receive. They like heat, moisture, well-drained soil, and evening shade, according to How to Grow More Vegetables.

Plant cucumbers on the east side of the garden so they can access the morning sun. Since they are susceptible to mildew, the morning sun will dry the dew from the leaves and minimize mildew, according to The Impatient Gardener.

Try planting something tall on the west side of cucumbers—such as sunflowers or dill—to provide some evening shade.

Cucumbers like consistent moisture, but they should not be grown where soil remains soggy. Try raised beds if drainage is an issue.

Because cucumbers are so susceptible to pests and disease, rotate where you plant them from year to year. You’ll also want to be aware of what was planted in a section before and after cucumbers.

For example, melons, pumpkins, and squash are all related to cucumbers, so none of these plants should be planted before or after one another.

You will also want to take care not to plant cucumbers near potatoes or particularly aromatic herbs, according to Carrots Love Tomatoes.

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