Outdoor type.Tasty outdoor cucumbers are easily achieved from this reliable British selection. Cucumber 'Masterpiece' is a heavy cropper producing an abundance of dark skinned, slightly spined, 20cm (8in) long superbly flavoured fruits, with crisp, white inner flesh. Height: 3m (9'). Spread: 45cm (18").
Start off in 7.5cm (3") pots indoors and plant out in your vegetable plot. Fill pots with good, free-draining, damp, seed compost. Sow seeds 1cm (1/2 ") deep in the compost. Place the pots in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag and keep at around 20-25C (68-77F) until the seeds germinate. This will take about 7-10 days. Don't exclude light as this helps germination.
Before planting out, acclimatise the plants to cooler conditions by putting them outside for a few hours a day for a few weeks. Prepare the ground by raking until it is fine and crumbly, removing any large stones. Plant out when all risk of frost has gone about 90cm (36") apart between each plant and between each row. Do not remove the male flowers.
Water cucumber plants regularly. Apply greenhouse shading as required and create a humid atmosphere by regularly spraying or damping down pathways.
Climbing greenhouse types will produce higher yields if allowed to climb. Train the main shoots onto 1.8m (6ft) high nets, canes or strings until they reach the top of their support and then pinch out the growing point. Pinch out sideshoots once fruit begins to develop, leaving two leaves after each fruit. Remove male flowers from greenhouse types.
Outdoor ridge types can be pinched out at the main stem after 7 leaves have formed to encourage sideshoots. Outdoor ridge types require pollination by insects - do not remove male flowers from these varieties.
When growing cucumbers, harvest regularly to encourage, long continuous production. Pick the fruits whilst young and tender before they show signs of producing seeds, as older fruits can become bitter. Harvesting cucumbers is best done early in the morning when temperatures remain cool.
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