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Patio Snacker Cucumber Seeds

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Patio Snacker Cucumber Seeds

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Cucumis sativus

 

 

 Item #V-21009.1| 15 Seeds

 

60 Days to Maturity. Grow Patio Snacker cucumbers in large containers with a short trellis to admire when looking at your patio vegetables. Short, 3-5' branching vines produce good yields of flavorful, dark green fruit. The crunchy fruit measure 1-1/2" in diameter x 6 to 8" in length. Plant 1 Patio Snacker cucumber plant to a 3-5 gallon container..  Package 15 seeds

 

Vegetable Garden – Tips on Growing Cucumbers From Seed 

 

 

 

48-80 Days To Harvest from Sowing:

 Sowing:

 

  • Seed Depth: ½- 1" (13-25mm)
  • Germination soil temperature: Indoors-85-95º F, Outdoors-At temperatures below 60ºF the seed will rot before germinating. Should be at least 70ºF.
  • Days to Germination:3- 4
  • Sow indoors: 3 Weeks before last frost.
  • Sow outdoors: 2 Weeks After last frost

Growing:

  • pH range: 6.0-7.0
  • Growing soil temperature: 70-80º F (21-27ºC)
  • Spacing in beds : Trellised, 18", on ground 36".
  • Watering: Moderate until flowering, heavy from flowering to harvest.
  • Light: Full sun
  • Cucumbers need great air circulation.
  • Nutrient requirements: N= moderate, P=high, K=high

Rotation considerations:

  • Avoid rotating with other cucumber family members.
  • Good Companions: Bush beans, broccoli, cabbage family, corn, dill, eggplant, lettuce, nasturtium, pea, radish, sunflower and tomato.
  • Bad Companions: Aromatic herbs and potatoes.

 

DIRECT SOW:

 

 

In late Spring, after any danger of frost. Soil temperature should be at 70º F. Cooler temperatures can cause the seeds to rot. Sow 2-3 seeds every 5-6",in a row, cover ½" to 1" deep. Thin to 8" apart.

OR SOW INDOORS:

 

 

4-5 weeks before weather is warm. Can be trellised.

GROWING CONDITIONS:

 

 

Plant in rich well composted soil. Before the vine spreads, apply mulch to control weeds.

GARDEN HINTS:

 

 

A warm weather crop that should not be planted too early in the spring. Sow in multiple plantings to have consistent production all season.
If you want to grow cucumbers in rows on the ground, create hills like you do for squash spaced 4 feet apart. Space 2 to 3 transplants per hill, setting seedlings 6 inches apart. For vines trained on a trellis, space plants 1 foot apart. In areas where spring is long and cool, you can warm the soil 3 to 4 degrees by covering the hill or row with black plastic.

If you do not plant in black plastic, then mulch with pine straw, wheat straw, chopped leaves, or your favorite organic mulch shortly after planting. If the weather is unseasonably cool, you can wait a while to mulch until the ground is warmed by the sun. Mulch is especially important to keep the fruit clean for bush types and vines not growing on a trellis. Straw mulch is also thought to be uncomfortable for slugs and creates an uneasy footing for cucumber beetles, by helping to keep them at bay. If you can, trellis your vines. This keeps the fruit clean and saves space. A 12- to 18-inch diameter cage made from 4- or 5-foot welded wire fencing or hog wire will support 2 or 3 vines.

Cucumbers grow fast and do not demand a lot of care. Just keep the soil consistently moist with an inch of water per week—more if temperatures sizzle and rain is scarce. Inadequate or inconsistent moisture causes oddly shaped or poor-tasting fruit. If possible, water your cucumbers with a soaker hose or drip irrigation to keep the foliage dry. This helps prevent leaf diseases that can ruin the plant.

You can fertilize with a liquid food every 2 weeks, applying it directly to soil around plant stems. Or you can use a granular, slow-release fertilizer worked into the soil when you plant or sprinkled around the plants later.

Important Tips for Cucumber Plants

 

 

  • If vines bloom but do not fruit, something is probably interfering with pollination.
  • First, make sure that you see both male and female blooms. Male blooms usually appear first and then drop off, so do not be alarmed if this happens when the plant begins to bloom. Nothing is wrong.
  • Within a week or two, female flowers will also appear; they have a small cucumber-shaped swelling at the base that will become a cucumber; male blooms do not and they fall off after a day.

Cold weather, rain, and insecticides that kill bees can hamper pollination. You cannot change the weather, but do avoid spraying or dusting a pesticide toxic to bees; this is always stated on the product label.
Also, consider planting bee balm, zinnias, lantana, and other flowers that attract bees to the edges of your garden. Planting a row of these is also a great way to have flowers on hand for cutting, as well as making sure your plants will be pollinated.

USDA Hardiness Zone -First Frost Date- Last Frost Date 

  • Zone 1  -July 15th -June 15th
  • Zone 2  -August 15th- May 15th
  • Zone 3  -September 15th May 15th
  • Zone 4  -September 15th May 15th
  • Zone 5  -October 15th April 15th
  • Zone 6  -October 15th April 15th
  • Zone 7  -October 15th April 15th
  • Zone 8  -November 15th March 15th
  • Zone 9  -December 15th February 15th
  • Zone 10 -December 15th January 31st (sometimes earlier)
  • Zone 11 -No frost. No frost.

 

To be sure about pH, test the soil with a pH meter. Apply fertilizer and lime using the results of the soil test as a guide.

  • Soil pH is a measurement of the number of Hydrogen ions present in the soil solution along with as the acidity of the soil. When the soil pH is too acidic the nutrients that are present in the soil become locked-up or unavailable (low pH) or alkaline (high pH).
  • Correcting the pH has the same effect as applying fertilizer as it unlocks plant nutrients already present.
  • In the garden some garden plants thrive in acidic soils while others prefer an alkaline soil.
  • The acidity or alkalinity of soil is a measurement by pH (potential Hydrogen ions). pH is a way to measure the amount of lime (calcium) contained in your soil, and the type of soil that you have.

To Measure Soil pH

It is recommended that you use a relatively inexpensive, and follow the manufacturers instructions when testing the pH Level of your Gardens soil. To raise or lower the pH level in the soil either Limestone or Sulfur is utilized. Other materials will accomplish the same results; however the two that are listed are the most commonly used.

Limestone is added to the soil to raise the pH level because limestone is essentially calcium and calcium reacts with water in the soil to yield hydroxyl ions .. a process known as, hydrolysis = thus the pH level in the soil is raised.

Sulfur reacts with bacteria in the soil and produces sulfuric acid, which releases hydrogen ions thus causing the soil to become more acidic =the pH level is lowered.

Application Of Lime (To Raise Soil pH)

To increase your pH by 1.0 point and make your soil more alkaline.

  • Add 4 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in sandy soils
  • Add 8 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in loamy soils
  • Add 12 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in clay soils
  • Add 25 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in peaty soils
  • The addition of ash, bone meal, or crushed oyster shells will also help to raise soil pH levels.

Application of Sulfur (To Lower Soil pH 

If your soil needs to be more acidic, sulfur will lower the pH if it is available.

To reduce the soil pH by 1.0 point

  • Mix in 1.2 oz of ground rock sulfur per square yard if the soil is sandy
  • Mix in 3.6 oz per square yard for all other soils.
  • Composted leaves, wood chips, sawdust, leaf mold and peat moss, will also help to lower the soil pH.

Water regularly, applying 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week if it does not rain. You can also measure the amount of water you receive with a rain gauge left in place in the garden, and checked weekly it there is not any chance that it will dry out. If your soil is not naturally rich in nitrogen from an abundant amount of earthworms or by you adding a  regular addition of organic, nitrogen-rich compost, then fertilize the plants again with a liquid fertilizer such as fish emulsion or a Herb and Vegetable Food as they begin to develop new leaves and continue liquid feeding until the heads are nearly ready to harvest.

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