Description For Green Cucumber Seeds (Long)
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How to grow Green Cucumber (Long) from SeedsIntroduction and Uses: Green Cucumber (Long) also known as the yard-long cucumber, snake cucumber, and URI in Japan is a slender fruit which closely resembles cucumber. You should not confuse it with the snake gourds (Trichosanthes spp.). The skin of this particular fruit is very thin, light greenish, and bumpless. It is not bitter and is often used without peeling.
Botanical Name: Cucumis melo var. Flexuosus.
Sowing Season: Monsoon & Summer
Sowing method: Seeds are sown directly in raised beds or containers.
Growing container: Use big circular pots or grow bag with 16” diameter and minimum depth of 8-10 inches.
Growing medium: 2 part garden soil & 1 part any organic manure or 1 part garden soil, 1 part coco peat & 1 part Vermicompost.
Steps for seed sowing (Seed starting) in a container:
Growth stages of Green Cucumber (Long):Sprouting Stage:Seeds will germinate within first 6-8 days or so & tiny sprouts will be visible.
Cotyledons: The first two leaves will emerge in the second week of germination. These are false leaves called as cotyledons.
First leaves: First leaves will emerge above cotyledons at the end of the second week.
Seedling stage: Second week onwards, seedlings will start growing into a small plant.
Thinning: After the second week, keep only single seedling at one spot, Cut off the weak, small & lagging seedlings with a pair of scissors.
How to take care for Green Cucumber (Long) Plant:
Sunlight:Cucumber plants require full sunlight. Therefore your raised bed should be made at a bright sunny spot. Keep the Cucumber container under open sunlight.
Watering technique: Water your potted Cucumber plant every day in summer. Water the soil near the plant. Use a watering can to make sure that the plants get water in the form of the shower & not by a single flow. You can also make provision for watering by watering by drip irrigation system for your raised beds.
Manuring: As mentioned earlier, add good quality organic manure in the soil with 2:1 ratio before sowing seeds. Organic manure can be well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, Compost or Vermicompost.
Top Dressing: When your Cucumber climber is more than 45 days old, Provide one tablespoon of 15:15:15 (NPK) fertilizer per plant or mix handful of Vermicompost in the soil around each plant.
Plant care: Always look for the early signs of any insect/fungal/ any other infections. Spay appropriate medicines as soon as any symptoms of such diseases are spotted. Watch out for Powdery Mildew when plants are young.
Note: Cucumber plants have separate Male & female flowers on the same plant. Fruits will be formed on female flower after pollination.
Hand pollination of flowers: Take ‘pollens’ from male flowers on painting brush or cotton bud & dust them on ‘stigma’ of female flowers. This will increase overall production of Cucumbers. This step is not mandatory.
Harvesting: (40 to 50 days from sowing) Cucumber climber will start flowering in second month. You can start harvesting raw cucumber fruits after 40-50 days of seed sowing. Harvesting season can continue for next 3 months.
|No.of Seeds||Approx. 45 to 50 Seeds in 1.2 gm, 923 to 1025 Seeds in 25 gm, 3690 to 4100 Seeds in 100 gm, 9225 to 10250 Seeds in 250 gm.|
|Net Weight||1.2 gm to 250 g|
|Seed Rate||2.5 Kg/Ha|
|Spacing (Row to Row X Plant to Plant)||90 cm x 90 cm|
|Germination Time||6 to 8 days from sowing.|
|Fertilizer||Organic: Neemcake or Vermicompost - 10 g per plant. Chemicals: Suphala or Urea - 5 g per plant.|
|Season of Sowing||June - Sept, Feb - May|
|Yield||15 to 20 ton/Ha|
|Product Weight||Under 10 g to 250 g|
|Product Height||15 cm|
|Product Width||10 cm|
|Product Depth||1 cm|