The methods and principles for growing cucumbers indoors are very similar to that of many indoors plants.
There are certain requirements that you should follow if you want to get the most out of your efforts.
The cucumber is thought to originate from Eastern Africa/Asia and has been grown indoors by people, it is thought, as far back as the ancient Egyptians.
Information to get started growing cucumbers indoors in your home:
- Choosing & Planting the seeds- What you need to know about which seeds you should pick for the best crop.
They are also notorious for sending huge tap roots down into the soil below them.For the indoor gardener there are varieties of cucumber that are much more suited to the space typically provided by the average home.For an indoor cucumber plant you should choose a bush variety which are way more compact than the standard variety. They also require less soil and can still bear cucumbers of normal size.
You should aim to grow AT LEAST 2 plants for pollination purposes.
- Light & Temperature - How to provide the correct environment for your plants to ensure growth.
- Watering – Watering techniques specifically for cucumbers.
Keep the soil completely moist at all times so that the plant can constantly draw water for the fruit, etc.
- Feeding & Nutrition – How to make sure that your plants get all the nutrients that they need in order to survive and produce juicy fruits!
- Pollination – How to ensure that your plants are productive in their indoor environment.
Cucumber plants produce both male and female flowers. Male flowers outnumber the female flowers which can be identified by the tiny cucumbers growing behind the flower.
To pollinate your plant/s, pollen must be transferred from the male flowers to the female flowers. To do this clip a male flower off the plant and peel back the petals to use the flower as a brush. Ideally you should use males and females from alternative plants for the best results.
- Harvesting – How to collect your fruit safely and how to maximise crop growth for the future.
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