Grow Cucumbers in Pots with These Easy Tips!
Even if you don't have garden space or unfrozen ground, you can still pick fresh cucumbers - we'll tell you how!
Container gardening is a great way to grow cucumbers, and several varieties do well in containers, including Sweet Success, Suyo, Salad Bush, Bush Slicer, Burpless, Liberty, Early Pik, Salty, and Crispy.
As cucumbers have deep root systems, containers used need to be at least 16-inches deep, though the bigger the better - a pot 20-inches in diameter, for instance, is large enough to grow four to six plants, or you can grow two or three plants in a five-gallon pail. A rectangular planter or window box will also work as long as you set up a trellis for the cucumber vines.
Ideally, you should fill your container with a high-quality, well-drained soil mix; as garden soil may be slow to drain or contain insects or pests, you may want to start with a fresh soil mix.
You'll likely want to plant from seeds - when you have to sets of leaves, choose two or three of the strongest plants and pinch or snip the others off at ground level; you only want the best of the best.
Except for varieties with short vines, such as Bush Slicer and Salad Bush, your container-grown cucumbers will need strong support. Cukes thrive growing up trellises teepees, where they are safe from soil borne pests and are easy to harvest. You can put the trellis inside the container before you sow the seeds, but it’s usually easier to set up a trellis behind the container. If you use a teepee, put the sticks in the container before you plant so you don’t disturb the seeds or seedlings.
Cucumbers love sun and warmth. Give them at least six hours of sunlight every day and they’ll be strong and fruitful.
Container-grown cucumbers need frequent, half-strength fertilizing starting two to four weeks after planting. You can use a commercial fertilizer or an organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion or liquid kelp.
Soil mix in containers dries out more quickly than garden soil in the ground. The amount of watering your cukes need depends on the size of the containers and the spacing of the plants, as well as environmental conditions such as wind, temperature, sunlight, and humidity.
Check the soil daily by poking a finger into the top inch or two of soil. If it’s moist, don’t water. If it’s dry give the soil a slow even watering until water runs out the bottom of the container. It’s better to irrigate in the morning than a night.
Harvest frequently when fruits are small for an ongoing supply of crunchy cukes.
If you want more info, check out the great resources below:
- Here’s a great .pdf file about how to Grow Vegetables in Containers.
- The Texas A&M Extension offers this article about Vegetable Gardening in Containers.
- Container Gardening Tips has great information relevant to Growing Cucumbers in Containers.
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