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Cucumber, Early Fortune


This is a record of how long this particular set of seeds took to germinate and how they looked at various stages from first appearance to the development of the first set of true leaves and beyond. I hope this will prove useful.

Variety: Early Fortune (RSC)
Sown indoors: 15th March 2014
First Seedling: 20th March 2014
Germination: 5 days
Germination ratio: 4/4 seeds sown

Another new variety for me which will hopefully produce a decent crop of sweet cucumbers.

Cucumber Early Fortune

27th March: At 1 week old the seedlings are doing well and have now been potted on and moved into the large greenhouse, under a double layer of fleece.

Cucumber Early Fortune

30th March: The seedlings seem quite happy in the greenhouse and have grown a couple more centimetres in length and the first of the true leaves is now starting to grow.

Cucumber Early Fortune  Cucumber Early Fortune

4th April: These aren’t growing at the same speed as the squash and pumpkins but you can see from the first true leaf that there has been significant growth.

Cucumber Early Fortune

13th April: 4 weeks old

Cucumber Early Fortune 23rd April: I think I need to change the compost these seedlings are in because they aren’t growing very quickly and they are in the same compost the ailing tomatoes were in. Since repotting into All Purpose Compost, the tomatoes have improved in leaps and bounds and this may well be the case if I repot the cucumbers.

Cucumber Early Fortune

11th May: Repotting these into fresh compost has really helped and they have achieved significant growth in the last 2.5 weeks or so.

Cucumber Early Fortune  Cucumber Early Fortune

1st June: Two of the seedlings have been planted into one of the vegetable beds and the other two are in a growbag in the small greenhouse.  As you would expect and as can be seen by the following pictures, the outside plants are growing at a much slower pace than those inside.

Cucumber Early Fortune  Cucumber Early Fortune

Cucumber Early Fortune

6th June: The first of the flowers are forming on the greenhouse plants

Cucumber Early Fortune

14th June: We may have the first cucumbers starting to grow – time will tell.

Cucumber Early Fortune  Cucumber Early Fortune

21st June: It looks a little bigger

Cucumber Early Fortune

1st August: It’s been a frustrating few weeks with the cucumbers, as I watched each and every male flower on both indoor plants, fail to reach full size and open. Instead they would shrivel up and die off. Meanwhile the plants in the school poly tunnel which were from the same packet, were flourishing with a healthy population of both male and female flowers. I searched Google for suggested causes and, for the most part, found absolutely nothing to help me but there was a vague reference to cucumber plants not like high humidity. We’d been having very humid weather for several weeks and so I took to leaving the greenhouse door and window open at night and within a few days, the first male flowers actually opened. Now perhaps we may get some cucumbers.

Cucumber Early Fortune   Cucumber Early Fortune

9th August: We have a cucumber growing!!! Finally. Hopefully the first of many.

Cucumber Early Fortune


6 thoughts on “Cucumber, Early Fortune

  1. I loveeeee your blog. I have been searching for this kind of QUALITY information on growing cucumber seedling stage for the past 2 months.

  2. initially the cucumber seedlings grew longer than normal, they were etiolated. Not enough sunlight.

    • sorry not etiolated, cell elongation. Cells in the tip were dividing rapidly in order to reach maximum sunlight.

  3. how are the cucumbers doing now?

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