*Cucamelons are a novelty tiny cucumber that look like mini watermelons and they grow well as a climbing vine in a garden bed or planter with a cage or trellis. They have a slight citrus/cucumber flavour.
Cucumber planting video HERE
In store price $5.50
Sold in a 6 pack pot.
Available in store.
How to Grow all Cucumbers:
Whether growing from seed or from a starter plant it's important to know that cucumbers need warm soil.
Direct seed the 1st to 2nd week of June, once soil is warm to the touch and all risk of frost has passed. Or start indoors mid May and transplant outdoors the first week of June. Plant 3 seeds together in a clump to save space or space 6" apart in rows. We sell cucumber seeds and you can browse our selection and shop online HERE or visit us in store
Plants that are ready to be transplanted:
Keep plants warmer over night by growing in a cold frame, or cover with a plastic cover, recycled milk jug works in a pinch, (cut off bottom of jug and remove lid) Leave cover on plant until 3rd week of June, watering underneath. You can see my demonstration video HERE by the 3rd week in June if you're using the milk jug method it will be time to take the jug off, the nights will be warmer and the plants will be too big. Cucumbers can be grown in a garden, a raised garden bed, a greenhouse or cold frame or even in a large planter. Once you get them planted and past week 3 of June then they should really take off and produce soon. Harvest cucmbers at any size you like for fresh eating or processing. They need a lot of water when they start producing to fill up properly.
The biggest issue we see with cucumbers is planting them too early, they really do need warm soil and I've seen them planted in the cold and they just rot and die or freeze.
The other issue is later in the growing season, cucumber plants are susceptible to powdery mildew and if they're grown indoors its important to have really good airflow, high humidity for long periods can cause mildew to set in. If you do experience mildew the only effective treatment is to mix 1 TBSP baking soda with a litre of water in a spray bottle and spray the plants. It's a safe treatment and do it a few times a week. A preventive method is to water early enough in the day that the plants do not "go to bed" with wet leaves, (obviously we can't control rain showers). Another preventative method is to not use stagnant water, a rain barrel is fine but pulling water from a dugout to water cucumbers could increase the risk of mildew.