Cucumbers

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Cucumbers
« on: June 16, 2018, 17:19 »
Afternoon all

I was just wondering how tall people let their cucumbers grow?  And do you have to pinch the tops out once they get to a desired height?

Many thanks

Alex

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Re: Cucumbers
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2018, 17:30 »
I'll grow mine right to the top of the greenhouse. The instructions say to punch out sideshoots at two leaves, so if you pinch out the top, where else are extra cucumbers going to come from? First time I've managed to get cucumbers growing healthil, so want to leave them to it as much as possible😎

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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2018, 20:19 »
You'll get an easier answer from 'The meaning of Life'!

I never know, and just charge into the GH and tell them I'm going to pinch them, and they all shudder and let me fly around, knocking them all about, and then they even thank me!

Seriously, it has never been proven what to do, and the books are hopeless!

Persoanly, I'd pinch them out and give them a good talking to! They deserve this as they normally die before we ever get them to this stage, so be omnipresent!

(That's a long word, Growster, do you know any more...;0)

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Re: Cucumbers
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2018, 21:09 »
I just leave 'em to it and end up with strong supports all over the place....

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Re: Cucumbers
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2018, 10:51 »
In all my years of growing cucumbers in greenhouse and outside, i have never pinched them out at all.
Do though build them a string cage for them to grow up and around.
Always a reliable crop.
I do though remove the yellow leaves and its browned trails later that start appearing later in its growing season.

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Re: Cucumbers
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2018, 16:20 »
This year I watched a cucumber pruning lesson on youtube, so mine are all tidy this year  :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEZfZ2GL89Y the bit you want starts at about 2.00.
It's like pinching/pruning out tomato suckers.
Once they get to the top of their canes they can grow along the roof ;)
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Re: Cucumbers
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2018, 16:18 »
Good to have a resident expert, MoS  :D :D :D :D

I must confess to letting them just grow up a bean/pea net which extends up the side of the tunnel and half way across the roof, and picking off cucumbers as they are ready to harvest. A bit of a tangle but they do seem to like it. Any bits that escape and try to grow along the ground are either tucked back in or cut off
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