Cucumbers

By: Laura Pauley

Description

  • Cucumbers come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes and textures.
  • White, yellow, and even orange-colored cucumbers.
  • short, slightly oval, or even round in shape.
  • Some cucumbers are naturally seed less
  • The burp-less cucumber is genetically modified to keep you from burping it back up
  • Grow manly in tropical and temperate temperatures

Top five producing states

  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • California
  • New Jersey

Growing and Harvesting

Planting

  • extremely susceptible to frost damage when planting
  • Start seeds indoors for 3 weeks then transplant them
  • plant seedlings 1 foot apart when transplanting

Growing

  • Water consistently
  • Spray vines with sugar water to attract bees for pollination

Harvesting

  • Cut off vine when 6 to 8 inches long
  • Any left too long will become tough and lower plant productivity
  • They keep for 7 to 10 days when stored properly

Pest Problem

Cucumber Beetles



  • Larvae feed on roots and Adults feed on emerging and emerged stems
  • Till in fall and cover plants to help remove problems
  • Soldier beetles will eat the pest.
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Uses

  • Pickles- pickled cucumbers
  • Cucumber Jelly- pureed cucumbers
  • Cucumber Lotion- juiced cucumber

Facts

  • Require 60-90 degrees Fahrenheit to grow
  • Cucumbers originated in Asia.