Gardening is a very lucrative endeavor, especially as the rainy season approaches. Growing cucumbers vertically can be complicated when don’t have the right information. Luckily, you can change their growth direction towards to where they can avoid weeds and pests.
Vertical growth for cucumbers has become so popular recently, and here are some guidelines to help you.
How to grow cucumbers tall?
Growing cucumbers tall is not complicated. First, make a trellis with a 3“X 5 wood plank and garden twine across. You will tie the cucumber to the cage using twine. Immediately it starts growing, it will shoot up tendrils which will make the wine go up the wires itself.
You could also make a ladder trellis. This can be done using three wood grids, if you find this stressful, buy a ladder trellis outright.
How to make a cucumber fence?
Generally, when making a cucumber fence, gardeners use an existing one in the garden, which is a wire kind of fence. This makes the cucumber tendrils have something to hold onto as it grows.
The procedure is simple. Drive two wood plants into the earth with space where the cucumber garden is located. Stretch the wire between the two wood planks and pin the wire to the planks. Et voilà!
Where to plant a cucumber plant?
Cucumbers should be planted in a location with full sun rays. While they can take slight shade, open cucumbers love soils with a pH of 5.3 to 6.5, and they can grow in soil with an alkaline content of 7.5. Make a mound of about 15 inches across and 10 inches high, don’t forget to separate the mounds 5 to 7 feet (2.13 m) apart.
How to plant cucumber plants?
Sow the seeds 1.2 inches (ca. 3 cm) deep. Plant the seed at the base of the fence or in the mound at 5 to 7-inch spacing.
By the time the cucumber seedlings reach 4 to 5 inches in height change the spacing to 13 to 15 inches (ca. 38 cm). Finally, remove the weak seedlings at soil level with a knife or sickle to stop them from disturbing other plant roots.
How to take care of your cucumber plantation?
You can take care of your cucumber plantation looking at these features.
What temperature and exposure?
You should grow cucumbers in open areas so that they can get good sunlight. They survive in warm temperatures 64–76 degrees Fahrenheit.
How many times should cucumbers be watered?
Cucumbers require lots of water. They will need at least two-inch of water weekly in warm regions and more in hot locations. However, when seedlings sprout up, increase the water to a gallon weekly.
Soil for Cucumbers
They tend to produce huge fruits in clay soils, however, they will germinate faster in sandy soils. Cucumbers prefer a soil PH not lower than 5.0 and not higher than 6 5. Irrespective of the soil type, they do well with manure and compost. If the soil pH falls short of five, put a lime in it.
You can put some fertilizers to increase soil pH levels. Put enough calcium and phosphorus for base dressing because they impact irrigation systems.
Furthermore, use some potassium and magnesium as base fertilizer. You could also use NPK controlled fertilizers like Multicote or magnisal.
Growing cucumbers in the right soil, temperature, and appropriate weather conditions can improve your harvest.