Grow cucumbers by planting them in a good location, mixing soil with compost before planting, giving the plants plenty of space to grow, watering them well, composting or fertilizing the plants, mulching the plants, setting up a trellis for growth and spraying the vines with sugar water to attract pollinators. You need compost, fertilizer, water, mulch, a trellis, sugar and a spray bottle.
- Plant the cucumbers in a good location
Choose a location for your cucumbers where they receive plenty of sunlight. The soil needs to be well drained and loamy, with a 7.0 pH. Add peat to the soil if it is too dense.
- Mix the soil with compost
Before planting, mix a 2-inch layer of compost into the first 6 inches of soil.
- Plant the cucumbers
Plant cucumbers at least two weeks after the last spring frost. Plant seeds 10 inches apart or plants 12 inches apart.
- Water the plants well
Water the cucumber plants well. When cucumbers start to form on the plants, the plants need at least 1 gallon of water per week. The first 1 inch of soil should remain moist at all times.
- Compost or fertilize the plants
Compost or fertilize the plants. Use a high-potassium fertilizer immediately after planting. From that point on, use liquid plant food, but avoid over-fertilizing, as it slows the growth of the fruits.
- Mulch the plants
Mulch the plants to help keep valuable moisture in the soil.
- Set up a trellis
Set up a trellis so that the vines have a place to climb.
- Spray the vines with sugar water
Mix sugar and water together in a spray bottle, and spray the vines. This attracts pollinators and increases the fruit production.