Cucumbers are a summer garden favorite, and they’re easy to grow from seed. Starting cucumber seeds indoors is a great option for beginning gardeners, as it allows them to control the temperature of the growing environment, and provides healthy seedlings that are ready for transplant into the outdoor garden. This method also reduces the risk of frost, and can be a cost-effective alternative to buying pre-grown seedlings at a local nursery.
To start cucumber seeds indoors gather small pots or seed trays, and choose a nutritious soil that is well-draining. Cucumbers prefer warm conditions, and a seed-specific potting mix is best for germination, but you can use regular garden soil mixed with compost too.
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Once your seedlings have grown to be twice as tall as their initial container, it’s time to repot them. Make sure you use a plantable pot made from peat moss, coco coir, or dried cow manure that has drainage holes in the bottom. After repotting, place the cucumber seedlings in a sunny spot that is warm and bright. If you’d like to help the seedlings get even more established, consider using a heat mat or grow light.
If you’re planting your cucumbers directly in the garden, mulch with a layer of straw or shredded leaves to help retain moisture and prevent weed growth. You can also use a soaker hose to water the bed to help with soil warming. Once your seedlings are established, they need consistent watering and fertilization. When watering, always use a moisture gauge to avoid overwatering.