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How to grow cucumbers from seed

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do To do in April

Do To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

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.

You will need

Good quality compost

Small pots

Watering can

Plant labels

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Step 1

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.

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Step 2

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.

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Step 3

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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