Growing cucumbers vertically is the best way to get maximum yields and better use of space. Because the vines expand upward instead of outward, this is an excellent space-saving solution for anyone growing cucumbers vertically in containers or a narrow side yard.
There are two different types of cucumbers: bush style and vining style. The second one, the vining type cucumber plant, is excellent for vertical gardening Because these plants naturally grow upward if provided standing support. You can go with a traditional method trellis, or you can build your unique support style. One cucumber plant can grow up to 10 to 20 square feet if grown in traditional rows or hills.
Choosing Container and Trellis
If you want to grow cucumbers vertically in containers, Choose a large container that holds at least 5 gallons of soil per plant and must be 15 to 20 inches deep. Self-watering large containers are suitable for cucumbers because they give some support against drying out. How many cucumber plants you can grow in such a container depends on the variety you are planting. A vining variety grows tall and sends long roots, whereas bushier types are short. You can buy vertical cucumber trellis from amazon.
There are many types of cucumber trellises you can use to support your plants. Choose a 4 to 6 feet tall trellis that is strong and doesn’t tumble. That’s the approximate height of the vine when it reaches maturity. If growing climbing varieties use “A-frame trellis” so that the plant crawl up and down from it easily.
Propagation and Planting Cucumbers
First, sow the seeds directly onto the small pots. Cover them with roughly 2 to 3 cm of soil. When the seedlings germinate and have some leaves, transplant the healthiest ones into a bigger pot or on the frost-free ground in spring or summer when the soil temperature is at least 60 F (15 C). If you live in a tropical or subtropical climate, you can grow cucumber year-round. Cucumbers are really don’t need much attention once established in the container or garden.
Requirements for Growing Cucumbers Vertically
Cucumber vines are heavy feeders like tomatoes and thrive best when planted in a growing medium that is lightweight but rich in organic matter and neutral in pH. I combine the 50-50 ratio of a high-quality potting mix with compost, for my container cucumbers. Before planting, I also add slow-release organic fertilizer to the soil mix.
Cucumbers are warm-weather plants. Your cucumber container garden needs at least 7 to 8 hours of full sun every day. Cucumber loves a warm and sunny location, and they thrive best in warm sunny areas with little to no high wind exposure. It does not tolerate temperatures below 10 C (50 F). The optimum temperature range for growing cucumber is 15 – 35 C (60 – 95 F).
Cucumbers are heavy feeders. Before planting, add an all-purpose slow-release fertilizer to the soil. When the plant starts flowering, side dresses the plant with aged manure and follows it up with a balanced liquid fertilizer (apply according to the manufacturer’s instructions.). Female flowers will appreciate the extra nutrients.
Proper and deep watering is the key to a successful crop of cucumbers. It is due to the high water content of its fruits.
The container soil must be moist but not wet. Check for moisture by sticking your finger into the soil. If the soil is moist at your fingertip, the container does not demand more water. If the container soil is dry, add some water gently until it flows out of the drainage hole at the bottom. Make sure the soil is absorbing the water. While watering, avoid wetting the foliage as it may encourage fungal diseases.
Check the seed packet to learn the optimal size for harvest. Use garden scissors or clippers to harvest the cucumbers. If you pull off from the vine, you may be damaging the vine, which can easily break. If you notice any damaged or overgrown cucumber, remove it from the vine and discard it.
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