High Rise Cucumbers

Written by Gregg Jacobson   Date Posted: 4 June 2017 

Here in the Semi Tropics, Cucumbers grow quite late into the autumn and perhaps the early winter.  At an elevation of some 800 metres above the coastal areas, the climate is quite different to normal tropical climates, thus the semi tropics; we have distinct seasons, which include a cold winter.


I decided to train the cucumbers up a trellis in order to make space for other vegetables and perhaps to avoid some of the fungus diseases, which are prevalent in a warm, moist climate. Off the ground the vines have good air circulation and little or no contact with soil where some diseases may lurk.  Also I have never grown cucumbers in this part of the garden previously.

 

Above: Cucumber vines early season

 

It was necessary to begin with to train the vines onto the trellis and tie on with string, so that they would not be blown down by wind. Once having established themselves the vines only needed to be pointed in the direction I want them to grow, the tendrils hold them firmly in place. The plants above are quite advanced, this is around late January.

 

Above: Vines flowering March/April

 

To go high rise with cucumber vines seems to have been the right decision, the plants are growing strongly and are very healthy. Also there is sufficient space left to grow Chinese cabbage Michihili in front of the vines.

 

Above: Vines producing fruit and growing strongly (May)

 

The plank in the pictures above is to walk on so I can see the vines close up. It spreads my weight over a larger area, thus avoiding soil compaction. It is the remains of interior wall cladding, very thin and therefore very light to move around.


Now in May the vines have reached maturity and are beginning to produce cucumbers in abundance. The variety is Marketmore and produces dark green skinned fruit about 20cm long with a delicate flavour.  Although I would want them much larger to save seed this is the ideal size for eating.  Disease resistance is excellent.

 

Above: Immature cucumbers


Above: Mature cucumbers


According to garden guides it should not be possible for me to produce cucumbers at this time of year, only tropical areas. Here it is 26°C falling to 16°C overnight which is hardly tropical at the moment. This is why I coined the term Semi Tropics. Micro climates exist all over the country. See what you can grow that the pundits claim you can’t.

 

Article and photos by Gregg Jacobson


Related Products:

Cucumber- Armenian

Cucumber- Armenian

$1.50

Cucumber- Boston Pickling

Cucumber- Boston Pickling

$1.00

Cucumber- Crystal Apple

Cucumber- Crystal Apple

$1.75

Cucumber- Lebanese

Cucumber- Lebanese

$1.20

Cucumber- Lemon

Cucumber- Lemon

$1.25

Cucumber- Marketmore

Cucumber- Marketmore

$1.00

Cucumber- National Pickling

Cucumber- National Pickling

$1.60

Cucumber- Poinsett

Cucumber- Poinsett

$1.00

Browse all our products here

Recent blog posts:


A Complete Guide to Using Fertiliser in the Home Garden

Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 15 January 2020 

Effective use of fertiliser is an essential technique for getting the most out of your garden and its plants. However, there's much more to it than opening a bottle of plant feed and spreading the contents liberally over the soil.

Read more


Scale Insects: A Garden Pest with Many Disguises

Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 22 December 2019 

Scale are common garden pests which can badly stunt a plant's growth, ruin its appearance, or even kill it off altogether. This article explains how to recognise scale, what kinds of damage they do, and how to keep their numbers under control.

Read more


How to Make the Most of a Small Garden - Nurturing a Beautiful Space to Be Proud Of

Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 17 December 2019 

Not every gardener is blessed with a large plot of land to work their creative magic upon. However, a small garden needn’t limit your ambitions – you just need to put a little more thought and planning into your horticultural efforts.

Read more


A Brief Guide to the Different Flower Types, Shapes, and Growing Patterns

Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 16 December 2019 

There's an almost infinite variety of flower shapes, sizes, & colours out there to grow, & distinguishing between them can be confusing. This article outlines terms used to describe flower types, helping you to know what to expect from every seed you sow.

Read more


The Anatomy of a Flower: The Real Story Behind Garden Blooms

Author: The Seed Collection Pty Ltd   Date Posted: 11 December 2019 

While flowers may be highly prized for their beauty & scent, their appeal to humans is only a sideshow that gardeners down the ages have taken advantage of. Flowers have a vital biological function and are more complicated than many people think.

Read more


View all blog posts