Besides tomato, cucumber is able to use container concept. There are a few things need special attention. Running container gardening for cucumbers need proper planning, so able to grow fast and ready to harvest.
1. Although cucumbers categorized as large plants and take a lot of space, but it is possible to use a container and put in the balcony. Prepare a large container with a specification of 20 inches diameter and 20 inches deep. Prepare a tall trellis to support growth.
2. Instead of purchasing seedlings, start growing cucumbers from seed. Not all types of cucumbers can grow up healthily in a container. You can choose as Bush slicers, salad bush, suyo, Liberty and Sweet Success.
The best time to plant cucumbers is consistently above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Cucumbers need more fertilizer because limitations of potting soil. Give fertilizer at least every week. Don’t let soil dry out because it could be bad for growth and fertilization. Water the plants regularly!
Besides checking soil moisture, please notice for soil-borne fungus and garden pests. This plant is easily attacked by pests and anything that threatens growth.
4. When harvest comes, you are ready to pluck ripe cucumbers. Pluck the strings skillfully on a regular basis, the plant still able to produce more fruit. Don’t let too many ripe cucumbers on the plant because it will give bad effect for growth.
Cucumbers ready to harvest have a large size, as shown on the label and have a nice dark green color.