Cucumber Grow Bag Info: Growing A Cucumber Plant In A Bag
By: Laura Miller
Compared with other commonly grown vegetables, cucumber plants can engulf a large amount of ground space in the garden. Many varieties require a minimum of 4 square feet per plant. That makes this crunchy crop impractical for gardeners with a limited size vegetable bed. Luckily, growing cucumbers in bags is an excellent way to preserve your ground space and also grow cucumbers.
How to Grow a Cucumber Plant in a Bag
Follow these simple steps for your own bag grown cucumbers:
- Choose a cucumber grow bag. You can purchase bags specially made for this purpose or reuse heavy-duty plastic bags. White potting soil bags work well and can be turned inside out to hide the printed label. Avoid black garbage bags as these absorb too much heat from the sun.
- Prepare the cucumber grow bag. Commercially available woven or plastic bags are often designed to be self-supported. Hanging type bags do require a method for installation. Homemade bags lack structural support and need to be adapted for drainage. When using the latter, a plastic milk crate is an inexpensive and reusable method for supporting the grow bag. Poking holes or cutting slits about two inches (5 cm.) from the bottom of the bag allows excess water to drain while providing a small well to maintain moisture.
- Fill the cucumber grow bag. Place 2 inches (5 cm.) of small rocks or a coir planter liner in the bottom of the bag to facilitate proper drainage. If needed, add a layer of charcoal to discourage algae growth. Fill the bag with a quality potting soil. Adding compost or a slow-release fertilizer can provide additional nutrients throughout the growing season. Mixing in perlite or vermiculite will help maintain soil moisture levels.
- Plant the cucumber grow bag. To ensure evenly moist soil, water the bag prior to planting. Plant two to three cucumber seeds per bag or one to two cucumber seedlings, depending upon the size of the bag. Overcrowding can result in too much competition for nutrients.
- Give it some light. Place your cucumber plant in a bag where it will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Avoid setting the bags on black asphalt or other surfaces which absorb the sun’s heat. Cucumbers require more water than other crops, so locate your bag grown cucumbers where they can be easily watered.
- Provide a trellis or fence. Giving cucumber vines a support to climb will reduce the space needed for each cucumber plant in a bag. Planting cucumbers in the top of a hanging type bag and allowing the vines to dangle to the ground is another space saving option.
- Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Container plants dry quicker than those in the ground. During hot, dry weather thoroughly water your cucumbers in bags in the evening as the heat of the day begins to dissipate.
- Routinely feed your cucumber plant in a bag. Apply a balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer or use manure tea every two to three weeks. For bushier bag grown cucumbers, try pinching off the growing tip when the vines have formed six leaves.
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How to Grow Cucumbers
How to grow cucumbers . according to our gardener . is easy . easy to grow too many !
Provide space for growing cucumber plants and thin them . His best growing cucumber advice.
Time for him to do as he says !!
Although he does have trouble with the Plant-ricide part of it .
Different cucumber varieties are used when growing indoors and out.
Indoor varieties do not pollinate . only girl flowers.
If boy flowers get into the indoor mix and the cucumber plants polinate .
. the result may be awkward or bitter cucumbers.
Cucumber plants growing outdoors have some boy flowers and lots of girl flowers .
. once the pollinators have done their business . growing cucumbers aplenty.
We vegetables have only seen cucumber plants growing outdoors in our backyard garden in .
. Raised Garden Beds . Hills of growing cucumbers in the raised garden plot .
. Himself is growing cucumbers in the container vegetable garden too.
. Growing Cucumbers require warm garden soil.
Our gardener gets a head start by seed starting indoors .
. timing this so the cucumber transplants can be hardened off and planted outdoors .
. three weeks after the last frost . end of May or early June.
Hardening off seedlings from started seeds indoors is to aclimatize the cucumber plants .
. gradually getting them used to outdoor temperatures and real sunshine.
By starting seed directly in the garden soil on the same day a succession plan is started .
. A steady supply of cucumbers through the summer.
Plant cucumbers in a location with eight good hours of sunshine .
. during hot dry spells afternoon shade is okay.
Garden soil well built with organic compost is best.
Cucumber plants, the same as most vegetables require well drained soil.
How to Plant Cucumbers is a big part of How to Grow Cucumbers.
Cucumber Transplants . planted in hills . 3 cucumber plants . hills 6 feet apart
Thin to 1 cucumber plant per hill
. planting cucumbers in rows about a foot between plants and 3 feet between rows
Thin to 3 feet between plants
When thinning leave the strongest looking plant .
. Snip the stems off at ground level . leaving the remaining plants undisturbed.
Thinning vegetable plants is what himself calls plant-ricide .
. often showing mercy and ending up with a jungle of cucumber vines.
How to grow cucumbers . lots of them !
Plant seeds spaced the same 1 inch deep . Thin the cucumber plants leaving the healthiest.
Bush cucumber plants need much less space . ideal in a small vegetable garden.
Our gardener says that six inch ridges of garden soil in rows or .
. or garden soil mounded into hills .
. is Raised Bed Gardening !
How to grow cucumbers up and not out ?
A vertical garden . A cucumber trellis . great in a small vegetable garden .
. roots and the base of the cucumber plant can be watered easier .
. water gets to where it is needed not on the leaves.
The gardener's family is three in number .
. this year there are five producing cucumber plants .
. whether for slicing cucumbers or pickling cucumbers he has so many they are being given away.
WATER . may be the single most important part of How to Grow Cucumbers.
Cucumbers are composed of 90% plus of water . so, the importance of water.
. Water the roots and garden soil not the leaves.
. Water and moisture evaporation can be slowed by mulching.
. Water deprivation may cause Bitter Cucumbers as well as poor growth and yields.
Harvesting cucumbers on a regular basis encourages more growing cucumber.
Growing cucumbers in containers .
. choose a bush or dwarf cucumber variety
. choose a garden pot with ample root room
. adequate water is most important
These last two needs . if not met . means bitter cucumbers.
Potting soil is for container gardening .
. Garden soil and top soil are just that ! . Too dense .. poor drainage
Our Gardener's Potting Soil Recipe is
Organic Compost 2 buckets
pearlite/peat moss/or coconut coir 1 bucket
Quality garden soil 2 buckets
Cucumber varieties are many . which one to choose ?
. as with all vegetable varieties the ones that taste best are the vegetables to grow .
. pickling cucumbers or slicing cucumber varieties .
We vegetables have the same cucumber varieties growing with us this year, except .
. our gardener planted heirloom seeds this year . he chose to plant cucumber seeds called Crystal Apple .
. these cucumber plants are producing a roundish pale yellow/green cucumber .
. about the size of an apple .
. Mrs. Gardener says these are excellent slicing cucumbers.
Another good choice from the cucumber varieties avalable would be seeds labeled disease resistant.
Cucumber problems . Stress !
. usually caused by .. lack of water
.. transplants too large or root bound
Cucumber pests . other than his big feet .. have not been a problem in our garden .
. although other gardeners speak of leaf mould, vine borers and cucumber beetles .
. we vegetables have seen none of these in our backyard garden.
Why learn how to grow cucumbers ?
Our gardener says, there is not many things better than the crunch and flavor of fresh picked cucumber .
. in his sandwich .. a little onion .. a little tomato too !!
Let’s talk more about growing cucumbers
Cucumbers are generally monoecious. There are male and female flowers on each plant. Learn a lot about how to grow cucumbers in a greenhouse and distinguishing male from female flowers:
You can recognize male flowers easily because they have a plain stem. Female flowers look like they have a little cucumber or a tiny, underdeveloped sprout of fruit between the base of the flower and stem.
Cucumber is a widely cultivated vegetable in the gourd family. It is a crawling vine that produces cucumiform fruits. Cucumbers are rich in potassium, flavonoids and Vitamin K. Cucumbers are technically fruits and are easy to grow in a greenhouse. Here is how:
How to Grow Cucumbers on a Balcony
Living in residential areas with small spaces, limited yard space and high-rise balconies should never be the reason to miss the opportunity of growing fresh, healthy vegetables. One vegetable easy to grow in containers on a balcony is the cucumber. The vining cucumber plant will spread out on the ground in traditional gardens. When grown in containers on a balcony, the cucumber plant is trained to grow upward on a small support trellis. It is simple to grow cucumbers on an apartment, office, home or condominium balcony with simple and inexpensive material.
Select an adequate-sized container for one cucumber plant. Each cucumber plant should grow in a container 5 gallons in size. Place the cucumber container on the balcony, nearest to the section receiving full sunlight.
- Living in residential areas with small spaces, limited yard space and high-rise balconies should never be the reason to miss the opportunity of growing fresh, healthy vegetables.
- When grown in containers on a balcony, the cucumber plant is trained to grow upward on a small support trellis.
Fill each cucumber container three-fourths full with potting soil, preferably organic. Mix into the potting soil 2 to 4 tbsp. of a balanced fertilizer, which slowly releases into the soil, and then a 3-inch-thick layer of aged compost. Blend all of the contents with a handheld garden fork.
Level the soil and bury one cucumber seed 1/4-inch deep. Drizzle water over the planted cucumber seed until the soil is evenly wet. Move the container into full sun on the balcony.
Set a 4-foot-tall trellis at the back of the container, into the soil. You may need a shorter or taller trellis depending on which variety of cucumber you plan to grow.
Secure the cucumber plant to the trellis with twist ties when it is 4 inches tall. Tied loosely, allowing room for growth, bread bag ties are an inexpensive option to secure the plant. Continue to tie the cucumber to the trellis all the way to the top.
Water the growing cucumber plant, and keep the container in full sun throughout its growing period.
White and light-colored containers will reflect the sun’s rays, thereby increasing light to the cucumber plant. Place the cucumber container on a flat platform with wheels for easier transport into shade on extremely hot days. Never use containers that do not have drainage holes at the bottom. Without drainage holes, the moisture will collect around the roots of the cucumber plant, eventually causing root rot. Grow two or three clover flowers in mini-pots to attract pollinating bees. If not properly pollinated, the cucumber plant will produce a sub-par crop of cucumbers.
You can grow cucumbers indoors with your aerogarden. You will have to make your own seed pods because you can not buy them yet. Make sure to pollinate and cut them on time and right. This will result in the best harvest you can get. The time of the harvest depends on the size of your cucumbers but should be possible from 50 to 70 days after you have planted them. After that, they should last about 4 to 5 months. When you are harvesting them, wear some gloves, because they are prickly. Make sure to clean you’re AeroGarden afterward.
Thank you for reading. Have you ever tried growing cucumbers indoors? How did it go? Please let me know in the comments and ask me anything that you might want to know. Have a nice day!