It’s fun to watch tiny cucumber plants stretch their tiny tendrils to attach to any structure within it’s reach. Tendrils are specialized structures that are used by climbing plants for support. The process is called thigmotrophism. The tendrils you see below have latched onto a metal tomato cage located beside it in the same raised bed.
This Marketmore Cucumber is making it’s way up my grapevine trellis. Luckily, the trellis is sturdy enough to support the grapevine and the cucumber plant!
A good harvest of cucumbers is dependent upon bees, wasps, ants and other active insects pollinating the beautiful flowers that appear on cucumber vines. It’s a good idea to plant a variety of pollinator-friendly plants in and around your garden spaces to attract pollinators. Check out this post for ideas on how to bring bees and butterflies to your vegetable garden.
Looks like the pollinators were successful. A baby cuke is on the way!
Lemon Cucumber is a great variety to grow. I just love how it looks hanging on the vine. The flavor is mild, however it has very large seeds which is a turnoff to some people.
Cucumbers are vining plants, so make sure you plant them where there’s plenty of space for them to wander. Also make sure you have a study trellis for them to climb. I am a fan of the trellis you see
below from Gardeners Supply Co.
I’m only growing one cucumber plant this season (Spring 2017) and it’s a Marketmore cultivar. I typically set up a trellis as soon as I transplant my cucumbers into raised beds. It only took ~2 weeks for this baby to grow a tendril long enough to reach the trellis.
Always planting + shooting,