Whether free-range cucumbers or greenhouse cucumbers - in mid-April you can prefer both on the windowsill. Sowing in the greenhouse is possible as early as the beginning of April. Outdoor cucumbers are only allowed in the garden in mid-May after the ice saints.
- Cucumber plants in the greenhouse
- Cucumber plants in the greenhouse - special features under glass
- Growing cucumbers - what to consider
What types of cucumbers to grow in the greenhouse?
Recommended greenhouse varieties are, for example, the snake cucumber Helena or the following F1 hybrids:
- Snake cucumber fitness
- Picolino mini cucumber
- Mini cucumber silor
F1 hybrids denote the first generation of a cross. Seeds that reflect the properties of the mother or father plant. Hybrid plants tend to have higher yields and are more disease resistant than non-hybrids.
Prepare the greenhouse properly
Young plants of greenhouse cucumbers are sensitive to soil temperatures below 10 degrees. If you want to plant cucumber plants in the greenhouse in April, you should insulate it with bubble wrap. And possibly equip it with a heater.
Even if cucumbers prefer warmth - on hot days they need shade under glass. To do this, wires are stretched for the shading fabric under the roof. Before you can plant greenhouse cucumbers, it is advisable to loosen the soil and improve it with substrate or 3 to 5 liters of compost per square meter.
Special care for greenhouse cucumbers
You can grow young cucumber plants in the greenhouse from a height of 20 centimeters. Whether in the bucket or on the ground, the planting distance between the cucumber plants should be around 60 centimeters and the row spacing 1.5 meters. As soon as the cucumber plants climb upwards, twist the climbing cords from the roof in a spiral around the cucumber shoot and rewind again and again. Also important: prick out the tips before the cucumber plants reach the greenhouse roof.
Cucumber plants are very thirsty, but cannot tolerate waterlogging. They are also sensitive to lime, chlorine and salt. Therefore, fertilize cucumbers organically. Light or yellow leaves can indicate nutrient deficiencies. Cucumbers that fall off on their own suffer from a lack of water or extreme temperature fluctuations.
Prevent diseases and pests in the greenhouse
A balanced air humidity and resistant cucumber varieties or refined cucumbers are the safest protection against typical greenhouse cucumber diseases and pests such as spider mites and aphids. Regular checks of the underside of the sheets and adhesive boards prevent this. If pests are discovered early, they can be combated with beneficial insects or other environmentally friendly plant protection measures.
Properly harvest and store greenhouse cucumbers
Your wages for work From June onwards, cucumbers can be continuously harvested up to four times a year in the greenhouse. Young, small cucumbers taste better and you can harvest them earlier. This means that new fruits grow back faster. The cucumbers are ripe when the skin is smooth to the touch. To harvest, cut off the stalk above the cucumbers. The cucumbers are best stored at 13 ° degrees.
Tips & Tricks
Are you fed up with cucumbers? Then put cucumber slices on the skin as a moisturizing mask and enjoy the cosmetic fountain of youth for free 😉