In this article, I will take you through everything you need to know to grow Cucumber in your Perth backyard.
(Whilst most of this guide suits anywhere in Australia, check local conditions for growing months if you live outside Perth.)
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When should you plant Cucumber?
The best months to plant Cucumber in Perth are Sep-Feb. You can plant using Seed or Transplant, ideally when the soil temperature is around over 20 degrees celcius and the air is around 15-30 degree celcius.
Seeds or Transplant? Seed or Transplant
Ideal air temp: 15-30c
Ideal soil temp: over 20c
Can Cucumber grow in pots?
Yes, they can grow in pots. Be mindful of the size they grow to.
The great thing about planting Cucumber in pots is that you can move them around easily, should they need more or less sun, or are getting attacked by pests. In some cases, you can even grow Cucumber indoors, as long as the position can get enough sun.
How much sun should Cucumber get?
You will discover that Cucumber thrives on Full sun.
Some gardens get more shade than others, and your direction north etc varies. Try the ideal position first, and if the Cucumber isn’t growing well enough, maybe try a more or less sunnier spot.
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How often should you water Cucumber?
Cucumber really enjoys when it gets Regular watering.
When can you harvest?
Being a 6-8 Weeks vegetable, the ideal time to harvest your Cucumber crop is around Nov-Apr. Play it by ear though, and just see how your plant(s) do this season.
Growing Cucumber in rows
If you are getting serious with your vegetable garden, you may wish to grow Cucumber in rows. You’ll need to allow around 120-150 centimetres between rows, and 30-50 centimetres between each seedling or seed.
Space between rows: 120-150 cm
Space between seedlings: 30-50 cm
Keep the seeds!
Did you know that you can keep Cucumber seeds for up to 4 years, and use them to grow more next season?
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Enjoy delicious Cucumber in your Perth garden
You can save so much money by growing Cucumber in your own backyard.
Vegetable gardening can be a lovely connection to the beauty of the natural world around us. Your vegetable garden has the potential to feed you both physically and mentally.
I hope you found this guide useful, and that you soon start growing some veges for yourself.