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How to grow cucumbers from seed

Overview

Home-grown cucumbers are delicious, so it's well worth raising your own crop from seed. Cucumber seed needs warmth to germinate, and should be sown indoors during April or May.

It's worth checking the seed packets before you buy and looking for varieties that produce all-female flowers, such as ‘Bella’ F1, ‘Baribal’ F1 or ‘Saturn’ F1. These varieties will form fruits without you having to pollinate the flowers by hand.


How to do it

Growing cucumbers from seed: fill pots with compost

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Prepare 5cm pots by filling them to the top with seed-sowing compost. Gently push one or two seeds 2cm deep into the compost in each pot. Sprinkle more compost into the pot and tap the pot gently to level the surface.


Growing cucumbers from seed: label each variety

Place a label in each pot if you are growing different varieties. If you are just growing one type, keep the pots in one labelled tray.

Growing cucumbers from seed: soak each pot with water

Soak each pot well and let the water drain through. Then move the seedlings to a warm, sunny windowsill to maintain a temperature of at least 18°C. You should see the seeds germinating in 7-10 days.



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frutselkip 02/05/2013 at 20:40

Isn't 180 degrees celsius a bit to hot for cucumbers??

Soak each pot well and let the water drain through. Then move the seedlings to a warm, sunny windowsill to maintain a temperature of at least 180°C. You should see the seeds germinating in 7-10 days.

Probably a typo??

Greetings from Holland

Busy-Lizzie 02/05/2013 at 23:28

Wow! That's hot. Obviously should be 18°.