Marketmore is an outdoor ridge type cucumber, reliable and heavy cropping with straight fruits that are great for slicing.
An easy cucumber to grow and perfect for pots or grow bags in a sunny position on the patio.
|When to Sow||March to May indoors / May to June Outdoors.|
|Where to Sow||
If sowing indoors fill a 7.5cm (3in) pot with compost, firm down and sow 1 seed per pot 2cm (3/4 in) deep.
When sowing place the seed on its side ( to help prevent dampening off disease). Keep soil moist at all times but do not over water.
If sowing outdoors, sow direct into a final growing position, either in a sheltered seed bed or in a large pot or grow bag, ensuring that each plant is 0.9m (3') apart in each direction from its nearest neighbour.
Sow the seeds on their sides, 2cm (3/4 in) deep, placing 2 seeds at each station, which will be thinned out later ensuring that the strongest seedling survives.
If there is still a risk of frost in your area cover seed with a cloche. Keep soil moist at all times but do not over water.
|What to do Next||Once indoor sown seedlings have a third leaf just appearing (true leaves) transplant into a larger pot. Harden them of for 7 to 10 days before planting them outside in to their final growing position once the risk of frost has passed.|
|For seeds that were planted outside, thin seedlings to one plant per station.|
|Continue to water regularly, particularly once the plants are in flower and then when the fruits have started to swell.|
|Provide support as the plant grows either with a trellis, canes or netting.|
|Once the plant reaches the top of the support, pinch out the growing tip to encourage side shots to form.|
|Harvest||July to September|
|As cucumbers are heat loving plants, a large pot/container or grow bag in a warm spot up against a sunny wall on the patio is one of the best places to grow cucumbers.|
|Regular picking will encourage the plant to produce more fruit. Harvest the cucumbers by cutting away at the stem with a sharp knife when they are 15 -20cm long.|
|Putting some mulch at the base of the cucumber plant will help to retain moisture and help to keep weeds at bay.|
|Companion Planting||Calendula (Pot Marigold), Nasturtiums, Sunflowers, Radishes, Beans, Peas and Dill.|
|Nutritional Information||Cucumbers are very low in calories and are a good source of potassium and vitamin K.|
|Serving Suggestion||Cucumbers are best eaten raw in salads, or pickled when young and tender . Pickled cucumbers are a great accompaniment with burgers.|
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