Prepare the Seedbed
Plant Your Cucumbers
Help Your Cucumbers Grow
Harvest Your Cucumbers
Pick Often for a Bountiful Crop
Cool, crisp and delicious, cucumbers are one of the most popular garden crops. They're also fast-growing and require little maintenance. Follow these easy tips to get your cukes started.
For the best-tasting cucumbers and optimum yields, you'll want to grow plants in a sunny spot and in well-drained soil amended with nutrient enriched matter like Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Flowers & Vegetables.
Sow your cucumber seeds directly on the soil in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. Cucumbers can be grown up trellises, in rows, or on small hills. If growing in rows or up trellises, plant seeds 6 to 9 inches apart. If growing on hills, start with 5 to 7 seeds per hill and thin seedlings to 2 to 3 per hill after true leaves emerge. Hills should be spaces 2 to 3 feet apart.
Cucumber plants need plenty of moisture, especially when the plant is flowering. Any water stress during this period can cause bitter-tasting cucumbers to form. Cucumbers prefer a consistently moist soil, so soak the soil as needed depending on the weather and your soil type. Training cucumber vines up a trellis or other support makes the best use of garden space and produces better-looking cucumbers. This will also help prevent pests and disease.
It's time to reap your rewards. If you're harvesting your cucumbers for slicing, they can be harvested when they are 7 to 8 inches long. For pickling varieties, harvest them smaller - 1/2 inch to 3 inches for sweet pickles and larger for dills. Be sure to cut them off the vine with a sharp knife or shears to prevent breaking the stem.
Be prepared to harvest your cucumbers daily once they start to come in. Picking frequently increases cucumber production, and leaving even a few on the vine could stop the set of new fruit.