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Cucumbers are a staple of British allotments, found growing in greenhouses and polytunnels up and down the isles, with a few hardy species even growing outdoors. These fast-growing plants are eager to grow, but they require proper support and training in order to maximise your yield. So how do you train cucumbers? Let’s find out. How to train cucumbers Cucumbers can be easily trained to grow up supports, often made from bamboo canes (string suspended…

Cucumbers are easy to grow and provide tons of fruit, so they sound perfect, but homegrown cucumbers can have a dark side, a very bitter dark side. If you have ever bitter into an intensely bitter cucumber then you will know just how disgusting they can be, but what causes this bitter taste? And once we know that, how do we stop it from ever happening again? Cucumbers can be made bitter by incorrect pollination…

I always use grow bags for my greenhouse cucumbers. In particular, I like to use the Tomatorite giant deep fill bags. You can find them on Amazon here, although I will say you will find them much cheaper in a garden centre or, like me, Homebase. So why would you use a grow bag for cucumbers, well they are perfect if you have a hard floor greenhouse, like me, where there is no soil. They also…

So your first bright yellow flowers have just arrived on your cucumber plant and now you are excitedly salivating over the thought of those first few juicy cucumbers. But just how long are you going to have to wait for a fully-fledged cucumber to form? Luckily for you, not long at all, I find the fruit is normally fully developed around two weeks after first appearing. How long until the plant starts flowering From seeding…

Growing cucumbers in a greenhouse is the staple way of growing them here in the UK. But how do you support them? How to Support Cucumbers in a Greenhouse There are a couple of different methods that are commonly used. You can either use bamboo canes or suspended string. The idea with both methods is to give the main stem of the cucumber something to grow up. You will have to tie the plant into…

Cucumbers are a thirsty plant, especially when they start getting large. They are so thirsty in fact that you may believe that it is impossible to overwater them, but is this true? Can you overwater cucumbers? Yes, you can. When growing them in a greenhouse it will be hard to overwater cucumbers, but this does not mean it is impossible. If the roots of a cucumber plant are constantly sat in standing water they will…

Cucumbers grown in the greenhouse should be grown vertically up a trellis, string, cane or other support structure. When you are training your cucumbers into growing up support you will have no doubt wondered what you should do with side shoots. Should you pinch them out? Well, let me answer that for you. Should I Pinch Out Cucumbers? Yes, in order to maximise your cucumber harvest it is essential that you pinch out side shoots.…