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Tips & Tricks

Growing snake cucumbers - Instructions for greenhouses & field


Some call it snake cucumber, the other cucumber. No matter what you call them - here we show you how to grow the snake cucumber.

It is best to grow snake cucumbers in the greenhouse

Cucumbers are very warm plants. This is especially true for the snake cucumber, i.e. the cucumber. While it was only found here and there in the gardens a few years ago, almost all gardeners are now cultivated. No wonder, because growing cucumbers is very easy and they also taste wonderfully fresh.

If you have now decided to grow snake cucumbers, then you should clarify one thing beforehand: Would you like to grow the vegetables in the greenhouse or outdoors? Cultivation looks different in the field than in the greenhouse.

Since the cucumber is very sensitive to the wind, many choose to grow it in the greenhouse. If you do not have this now, you do not have to give up, because of course the cultivation also works outdoors. For both variants, here is a guide on how the cucumber cultivation should look.

Instructions for growing in the greenhouse

Step 1:

You can buy young plants in the garden center or hardware store, but it is recommended to pick the cucumbers from seeds in pots yourself. It is best to use special growing soil and add a little low-dose fertilizer or mature compost.

Step 2:

Spread three seeds per pot and cover them with a two centimeter layer of soil.

Step 3:

The seeds now need a temperature of at least 20 degrees to germinate. You also need to keep the soil evenly moist. However, there should be no waterlogging!

Step 4:

After the germination period, you should remove the weaker two seedlings from each pot so that only the strongest plant remains in the pot.

Step 5:

From mid-May you can then place the young plants in the greenhouse. The distance between the individual plants should then be about 40 centimeters. As the cucumbers will expand considerably over time, you should provide them with a climbing aid so that they can climb up.

Step 6:

Now all you have to do is properly care for the cucumbers so that they get nice and big. In this regard, you should know that cucumbers not only need a lot of nutrients, but also a lot of water, after all, most of the vegetables are water. So water the plants regularly and give them some fertilizer every now and then. (Reading tip: fertilize cucumbers - how to increase your yield)

Instructions for growing outdoors

Step 1:

Snake cucumbers outdoors

If you want to grow snake cucumbers in the field, you must prepare the beds accordingly. To do this, you should determine the center of the bed and dig a trench along it 40 cm wide. You can distribute the excavated earth in the middle of the bed, i.e. along the excavated trench, so that a wall is created. This wall is warmed up better by the sun and this heat then benefits the cucumber plants.

Step 2:

In the ditch along the wall, you should now first add heated, half-rotted fertilizer and then soil with compost.

Step 3:

In the field, you can start sowing in the middle of May at the earliest, because the ice saints could bring frost again and damage the plants.

But when the time comes, you should make several grooves in the bed, into which you put the seeds at a distance of three centimeters. Then cover the seeds only very thinly with soil.

Tip:

The "Chinese snake gherkin" (e.g. available here) is particularly recommended for growing outdoors.

Step 4:

Once the cucumber plants have risen, you should slowly transplant them 20 centimeters apart. But this should be done really slowly, because the plants also offer each other protection. It is only when they touch that the right time has come.

Step 5:

Shortly after the first two leaves have formed, you need to prune the young plants so that two new tendrils can form. Then spread the tendrils always evenly over the ground. It is best to put some brushwood underneath, because this will not cause rotting. Alternatively, you can also let the cucumbers grow on a climbing aid.

Step 6:

During the growth phase, you must regularly administer a liquid fertilizer so that the supply of nutrients is ensured at all times. In addition, you should always water the cucumbers with stale water, and plenty of it, because if the plants suffer from drought, the cucumbers can become bitter. In between, you can also loosen the soil a little by chopping.