Thursday, May 2, 2013

Spacemaster Cucumber


I have grown these cucumbers in soil and with the Kratky method, and the ones via the Kratky method have done so much better than the soil grown ones. The Kratky ones have grown at least over one foot tall, while the soil ones have only grown about 4 inches tall. These plants do not need too much space, so they are perfect for those on balconies or patios. However, they can grow out of control if you do not give them enough space. The cucumbers have a nice, crisp flavor that is not overwhelming.
Annual or Perennial?: Annual
Germination time: 7-14 days
Days until maturity: 60 days
Light requirements: Full sun (6+ hrs)
Plant size: Medium
Spacing: 12 inches
Temperature: Warm
Difficulty: Moderate
Traits: Good in containers, can be grown hydroponically
Companion plants: Beans
Special needs: Give the plant a trellis to save space.

When to plant: Grow these in spring and summer, when the weather is warm and the danger of frost has passed.

How to grow: These cucumbers can grow in containers and I recommend doing that. I also recommend growing these hydroponically, as the plants grow much quicker and much larger.

How to harvest: If you are in an area with few bees, you will need to hand pollinate the cucumbers manually. The plant grows both male and female flowers, so use a q-tip to swab pollen onto the female flowers.


Photos:

Seeds
Plant start
2 weeks old
4 weeks old
5 weeks old
Female flower prior to opening
Male Flower
Forming cucumber
Ready to harvest
Harvested cucumber
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