Add to GuideAsk a Question
To Top

Supporting Cucumber Vines

Category Growing Food
supporting cucumbers
There are a number of reasons you may wish to consider supporting or staking your cucumber vines. This is a guide about supporting cucumber vines.
Ad

Solutions

Share on ThriftyFunThis guide contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

July 5, 20060 found this helpful

Question:

I'm new to gardening and I am growing cucumbers for the 1st time. I would like to know if it is advisable to have the cucumbers on the ground. The vines are growing out of control, should I stake them like tomatoes?

WINDELLA from Pasadena, CA

Answer:

Windella,

Welcome to the wonderful world of gardening! It sounds as though you're on your way to your first successful crop of cucumbers. Congratulations! A smart gardener once asked, "Why grow horizontally when you can grow vertically?" This is especially true of crops like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and pole beans. They tend to sprawl and use up a great deal of what is usually already limited garden space. There are also a number of advantages to using trellises, fences, stakes, and cages. Not only do they keep vegetables up off the ground, making them less susceptible to insect damage and many plant diseases, but they allow your vegetables to develop evenly while maximizing space. Support materials can consist of wood, extra stakes, twine, string, nylon stockings, or a nearby fences. Many gardeners prefer a tee pee shaped support that allows the fruits to hang freely in the center while the vines climbs up the sides to capture the sun. As container gardening gains popularity, many new varieties of cucumbers are being bred for their ability to climb and all varieties are easily trained once you get them headed up a support. Staking also allows the fruit to grow straighter and makes seeing the cucumbers at harvest time much easier.

Ad

Ellen

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
By guest (Guest Post)
July 6, 20060 found this helpful

I did tie my tomatoes and cucumbers to a nylon trellis that I made. I am hoping that they will grow to be tall and produce LOTS of cukes!!

GOOD LUCK!

Sarah

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By guest (Guest Post)
July 11, 20060 found this helpful

I grow my cucumbers in a wire cage. It is made out of fencing wire and about three feet around. Cucumbers usually just grow on the ground and take over whatever they want. This way, they are confined a little. I just keep putting the runners back inside the cage when they grow out. The trellis idea is interesting.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By guest (Guest Post)
July 11, 20060 found this helpful

CUCUMBERS DO VERY WELL OFF THE GROUND. I'VE GROWN THEM AGAINST FENCES AND ON TRELLIS'. IT KEEPS THE CUKES CLEANER AND STRAIGHTER AND SEEM TO HAVE LESS TROUBLE WITH POWDERY MILDEW. IF THEY ARE TOO OUT OF HAND ALREADY, TRY TO STUFF SOME MULCH LIKE STRAW OR NEWSPAPER UNDER THE VINES SO THEY STAY OFF THE GROUND. NOTE: MOLDY HAY MIGHT HAVE POWDERY MILDEW SO IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Ad
By guest (Guest Post)
July 11, 20060 found this helpful

I just used regular tomato cages and ran the vines through the spokes. So far, so good! I think you don't want them on the ground if you can help it. They could get moldy.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By guest (Guest Post)
August 24, 20060 found this helpful

All great ideas, but remember cucumbers are heavy feeders so be sure to feed them often. I use a weak solution of miracle grow or the generic/store brand weekly and this year I have gotten more cucumbers than ever.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
July 10, 20080 found this helpful

i HAVE TRIED SOMETHING NEW!!! i HAVE STARTED GROWING CUKES NEXT TO SUNFLOWERS.i LEAD THE CUKES UP THE PLANTi HAVE ALSO USED THEM AND CORN FOR FOR staking pole beans!!!!

TWO CROPS ONE SPACE!!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Ad
May 18, 20090 found this helpful

You have to make a trellis, here's a picture of mine. There are 3 in this picture, in the foreground and to the right are for cucumbers, the one far behind is for catalopes. Under the big one in front I have 9 plants, for the small one I have 4 plants. For the melon trellis I have 3 plants. When you have limited space you have to grow upward, not outward. Inside the PVC are 5 ft. long stakes so this will be very sturdy. I had this PVC for another project that was destroyed by a storm, so I was fortunate to have it laying around but sturdy wood stakes would suffice. The 4' x 4' raised beds are not nessecary for the cucumbers, it just happens that I grow some in raised beds. Tomato cages will not work.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

January 14, 20160 found this helpful

An A-frame tresses can be easy and inexpensive to make. It is also an excellent structure to help support your climbing plants. This is a guide about easy way to string tomatoes, cucumbers, or green beans.

Easy Way To String Tomatoes, Cucumbers, or Green Beans

Read More... Was this helpful? Yes
Ad

Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

April 11, 20120 found this helpful

I brought back the above seeds from Crete. I now have healthy plants. Can I grow them outdoors along the ground?

By Connie

Answer Was this helpful? Yes
April 12, 20120 found this helpful

I googled tortarello cucumber seeds, and found that they take 65-70 days to maturity and grow well on a trellis. If you live where they can have a growing season of that length, they should be fine outside. One site I found said they should be planted in peat pots which must be planted outside. Also, how do weather and soil conditions where you live compare with those on Crete?

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Ad
Related Content
Categories
Home and Garden Gardening Growing Growing FoodFebruary 26, 2012
Guides
Watermelon
Cucumber and Watermelon Salad
bowl of tomato and cucumber slices
Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipes
Climbing Vines
Training Vines to Climb Arbors and Pergolas
Easy Way To String Tomatoes, Cucumbers, or Green Beans
Making an A-frame Trellis for Growing Vegetables
More
😎
Summer Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published by .

Generated 2017/07/22 19:19:35 in 3 secs.
Loading Something Awesome!