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19/10/2013 at 22:55

Hello All, I was just watching beechgrove on iplayer and they had a rediculously good yield of cucumbers this year. It was my first year of growing them (and of growing anything) and I only got 4 from 2 plants.


I grew them on the shady side of the greenhouse (one in the ground and one in a large pot) do you think if I grow them in full sun next year it will make a big difference? Any advise welcome?


They did taste great though, that's why I want to give them a better spot next year


The varieties where Vega (3 cucs) and crystal apple (only 1), second one says it's need both male and female flowers for pollination, Vega is all female.

20/10/2013 at 09:06

Full sun will make a big difference, Mandy.

20/10/2013 at 10:30

As Italophile says you will need sun.  I am no expert, but have grown cucumbers in my allotment for the last three years and have had amazing crops.  They do get a lot of sun in the allotment so that must be the answer - they also need lots of water.

20/10/2013 at 13:27

In my experience, cukes are up there with pumpkins in terms of sun requirements.

20/10/2013 at 20:08

Thanks that's what i wanted to hear, I'm moving the whole greenhouse a few more feet away from a north facing fence so hopefully that will bring all of it into full sun in the summer and I'll pay more attention to watering and soil prep.

Forester2, do you remember the name of the variety?

20/10/2013 at 20:21

Mandy - I will look it up tomorrow and let you know.  My seed stuff is out in the garage and it's throwing it down with rain so don't fancy going out.  Speak to you tomorrow.  

20/10/2013 at 21:02

ok thanks no rush I've got ages to plan for next spring 

20/10/2013 at 21:09

I grow my cucumbers in a separate GH to tomatoes. I shade them from direct sun but keep it very warm & humid, like a sauna at times, soaking the floor often each day, it's the one thing I can grow with good results each year, lunch box or full size ones I have loads. Works well for me.

20/10/2013 at 21:25

 that's why the plants have started producing more tiny ones just now the GH has had the door closed (rain still gets in the top corners that i have no glass for) and it looks all steamed up on the windows

So cucumbers like the suana and Tomatoes like the desert - and I don't know what I love more tomatoes or cucumbers 

21/10/2013 at 11:05

Hi Mandy - as promised -  the one I grew outdoors this year was marketmore 76 which I puchased from Wilko (Wilkinsons).  These are outdoors ones but as I said previously had an incredibly high yeild.  I don't know if they would be any good in a greenhouse but you are bound to find something, so just experiment.  As folks have said, cucumbers like a sunny spot and water.  I grew outdoor ones in the cold horrible summer of 2012 and still had a brilliant crop of cucumbers, so don't give up. 

21/10/2013 at 19:09

That's great I will grow Marketmore 76 outside next to a south facing wall then and the tomatoes and chillis can have the greenhouse. and I'll make sure I water regularly even if it has to be when I get home from work in the dark.. I'm not a morning person.

Thanks Forester, I wont give up

24/10/2013 at 19:35

Just thought of this Mandy - if you grow the outdoor cucumbers I did they will be shorter than greenhouse ones and the ones you get in the shops and I also found that the skin is quite tough and you have to peel before you eat.  Just thought I should mention that.

25/10/2013 at 00:14

Thanks for the warning, still sounds like they're good for sandwiches. I think I was growing an outdoor variety in the GH this year 

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