If you want fresh green on the balcony and like to eat cucumbers, you can fulfill both wishes. Simply plant cucumbers on the balcony. It is worthwhile for everyone who wants to enjoy sour, salty or sweet cucumbers for snacks, as a salad, vegetables or a cool face mask.
Location balcony - that's what cucumber plants want
As soon as the temperatures no longer drop below 10 degrees, you can plant cucumbers on the balcony. Cucumbers need a lot of heat and light. Therefore, place cucumber plants on the balcony on a southern wall of the house. This protects against wind and radiates additional heat. Cucumber varieties especially for the balcony are, for example:
- Dragonfly - small, crunchy delicacy cucumber
- Picolino F1 - bitter-free, all-female flowering cucumber variety
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The right planter for cucumber plants
Whether in a bucket or a box - cucumbers need a lot of space. The perfect planter cannot be too small. Sufficient planting distance between the individual cucumbers as well as sufficient root depth must be taken into account.
Cucumber seeds or young plants?
Why don't you try both. Before you throw away the seeds from a cucumber, you can pull them yourself in the bucket on the balcony. When the first leaves sprout after 1 to 2 weeks, you have saved the money for young plants. Or you plant both the kernels and young plants and gain valuable experience with planting different cucumbers on the balcony.
The cucumber seeds have to be moist so that they germinate in the bucket. Therefore, immediately after removing the cucumber, press it one centimeter into the moist soil. It takes 1 week for the seedlings to sprout. Simply plant the small cucumber plants you have bought directly into the planter after watering with the seed compost.
Cucumbers on the balcony are especially thirsty
The drier mountain air on the balcony makes cucumbers more demanding when it comes to watering. Daily watering is therefore compulsory in summer. Always check the soil in the container for sufficient moisture and make sure that no waterlogging occurs.
Cucumbers on the balcony - this is how they are cared for
Balcony cucumbers climb high and want to hold on. At the latest when they bear fruit, they need a secure cucumber climbing aid so that they do not kink. Do not fertilize too much at once in the planter. Less is more! Therefore lower dose of nutrients.
Tips & Tricks
Harvesting the first green cucumbers early stimulates the growth of new fruits!