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My cucumber seedlings are leggy because I left them in the airing cupboard to long. When I pot them on could I bury some of the bear stalk? It works for other plants such as tomatoes but would it work for cucumbers? At £3.99 for 4 seeds I don't want to risk losing these seedlings.
I certainly have been doing that with my seedlings that are leggy and they seem to be ok.
Thanks, I'll go ahead and do it.
Hi MuddyFork - I would advise against planting your cucumber plants deeper - they do not like getting the stems wet. If you have sown all you have not sure what to suggest! £3.99 sounds a lot for 4 seeds!
It's also very very early for cukes. They're probably the veg that need the most warmth of all.
Thanks guys, I sowed at my normal time but forgot about the pot in the airing cupboard for 2 days and in that time they had germinated and reached about 3 cms tall. My own fault! I shall continue to mollycoddle them until the warm weather arrives.
Chilli, I thought I'd read somewhere about them hating damp stems so hence my question.
I haven't sown my cucumbers yet but I got mine from Lidl. £3.99 for 4 seeds is very expensive. I paid just 99p for 10 seeds, I have grown these for the last two or three years and I have had wonderful cucumbers. Hope yours are ok though good luck.
Thanks to MuddyFork I remembered I needed to get new seed for my greenhouse growing - variety is Passandra - I've ordered them from Amazon at £1.99 plus 99p postage.
Outside I'll be growing marketmore. Love cukes!
Just checked my 2 Cucumber seed packets the "Vega F1" only has 4 seeds, but Crystal apple has 20, both from Thompson & Morgan.
Has anyone tried Franchi seeds of Italy for Cucumber seeds? (they seem to give more seeds per pack for everything else)
Haven't tried them for cuke seeds, Newbie, but they give you plenty of seeds for your money and are usually reliable germinators. My only dud experience was a packet of Melon seeds that produced mainly crossed results. Very frustrating.
Newbie, mine were Vega F1 from T&M. Germinated in 2 days in the warm, you have been warned
Hi MuddyFork - mine took about 10days on a west facing window sill (I am running out of window space so I'll have to get a heated probagator next spring), the crystal apple where a couple of days faster.
Italophile - all my Franchi seeds germinated even the Globe Artichokes that I'd given up on