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Strangely, the cucumbers I started in the greenhouse (Green Finger from High Mowing Seeds) germinated quickly and grew rapidly into healthy plants. Transplanting them proved to be the issue. In one area I transplanted five seedlings. Only one survived the first several days. In another several survived. So I conclude that the varieties (at least) that I planted don't like to be transplanted.

I sowed some seeds directly in the same area and all germinated and are just about to catch up with the one surviving transplant. I had similar experience last year with cucumbers.

At this time it does seem that by virtue of three different plantings I may have cucumbers for a while. The excessive heat we’ve been having may counter that possibility. Time will tell.


Things were different this year! I knew better than to attempt to germinate in the greenhouse and transplant to the garden. However, the soil temperature was apparently so low that the direct-sown cucumbers (Green Finger and Marketmore 76) failed to germinate until well into july. I replanted twice thinking that the earlier seedings had rotted or been eaten. But eventually I had 3 or 4 seedlings peeking out in each mound.

I did have row cover over the mounds so I need to figure out some other method for getting the cucumber seeds to germinate. Hey! How about direct-seeding later!? In this case I need to plan on a shorter season for cucumbers.

garden/about/plants/cucurbit/cukes.txt · Last modified: 2018/01/24 19:48 by davidbac