Plant Care Cucumber

Cucumber

4.9 out of 5 (15 experiences)

Cucumber has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Cucumber has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Cucumber

Cucumbers are an annual vine and common vegetable grown for its crisp, green fruit. Cucumbers grow best in full sun and moist, rich, well-drained soil. They can be grown vertically on a trellis or even a wire fence to increase air circulation, prevent diseases, and grow straighter fruits.

Taxonomy

Cucumis sativus
Cucumis
Cucurbitaceae
Cucurbitales

Also known as

Pipino

How to care for Cucumber

💦 Water

How often to water your Cucumber

Water needs for Cucumber
0.5 cups
every 9

Cucumber needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Cucumber

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Cucumber in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cucumber: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cucumber love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Cucumber does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cucumber in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cucumber

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cucumber: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cucumber after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Cucumber is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Cucumber →

Common Cucumber Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Cucumber prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Cucumber Water Frequency →

Cucumber Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cucumber requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Cucumber Light Requirements →

Cucumber Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Cucumber is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Cucumber Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Cucumber doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Cucumber Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Cucumber does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Cucumber →

When and How to Successfully Repot Cucumber →


💩 Fertilizer

Cucumber is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Cucumber →


🌎 Native Region

Cucumber is native to Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australia.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Cucumber is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Cucumber →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Cucumber can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Cucumber Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Cucumber can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Cucumber

Cucumber

Cucumber


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Cucumber has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 12
Cucumber has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 7
Cucumber has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 6
Cucumber has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Cucumber has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Cucumber has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Cucumber has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Jenny avatar
@Jenny
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 51 XP
globe Bukit Timah, Singapore
07/22/2021

Easy to plant especially in tropical countries!

Tamsyn avatar
@Tamsyn
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 41 XP
globe Launceston, England
07/05/2021

It will grow very fast and very tall so make sure you have the support and space to grow. If planting outside, place in either a large pot or a grow bag. With a grow bag, make a mountain of the soil in the bag as it has deep roots. You can use a trellis or a string for support and now it to grow up.
They baby cucumbers are also very cute :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Babytheshady avatar
@@Babytheshady
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 50 XP
05/17/2021

I always talk to my plants and apologize if I don’t water them I think they like it :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
@aayling avatar
@@aayling
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 600 XP
globe Chichester, England
04/28/2021

gross super fast and is just generally exciting

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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