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How to Plant Cucumbers – Sprouting Seeds

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These are cucumber seeds. The white ones are Mom’s and the green ones were delivered to her from a relative in Ukraine. I think they are painted green to differentiate them from other sorts, so we are very curious what kind of cucumbers they will be!

Fold seeds into a dry paper towel.

Soak the folded paper towel in water and place in a glass. Cover tightly with cellophane and place on a sunny window sill.

After 4 days, they sprouted nicely and are ready for planting.

Fill planters (or styrofoam cups) nearly to the top with potting soil.

P.S. Here’s the potting soil that my mom says is BEST. Purchased at Costco.

Ok, back to the cups with dirt:

Make 2 holes in each planter using the back of a fork (holes should be about 3/4-inch deep and spaced 1-inch apart).

Place 1 seed (tail or shoot side down) in each hole.

Use the fork or your fingers to cover the seed with dirt and pat down the dirt over and around the seed. If the shoot is long, It’s ok if the tip of the seed is visible.

Water each planter just enough to moisten the soil. If seeds are floating – you’ve gone too far!! :)..

Place the planters on a sunny windowsill.

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  • Inna
    August 14, 2015

    Hi Natasha! Everytime I attempt to grow cucumbers they turn out bitter. Any tips? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 14, 2015

      I’d suggest you try different seeds. My mom has had the bitter ones in the past and she changed seeds which fixed the problem. The most common two issues are either the seeds themselves need to be changed or she said it could be due to under watering, especially when it gets hot. Cucumbers should be watered daily. I hope that helps. I found a good article with more tips here: Reply

  • August 7, 2015

    It’s so easy to navigate your site now, I had no idea you had this cucumber tip up on your page, I will bookmark it for next year 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      August 7, 2015

      Thank you Katy! Things like this got burried without proper categories. I guess this means I need to expand on my gardening category 😉 Reply

  • Irina
    May 8, 2013

    We plant these kind of cucumbers each year in WA. These green ones are Holland seeds called “Masha” and we always bring them from Ukraine too as they don’t sell these here. These are the best cucumbers ever. Reply

    • Natasha
      May 8, 2013

      Ooh good to know. Thank you Irina!! Reply

  • Steph
    August 8, 2011

    Hi Natasha!
    Reading old posts since we’re on break! Amazing photos and recipes! Green may also be potassium nitrate, which is often used to promote seed germination. Also, I tried planting seeds in egg cartons and the roots embed themselves into the soft egg carton material and can get smothered/strangled/poor seedling growth. I will be using styrofoam or plastic next year! See you tomorrow! Steph Reply

  • Joe in N Calif
    April 10, 2011

    That green coating may be a fungicide to keep them from rotting as they germinate.

    Have you thought about using paper egg cartons rather than cups for the sprouted seeds? When the seedlings get to planting size, just snip the carton apart and plant the whole thing. The break down in soil real fast. Reply

    • Natasha
      April 10, 2011

      That’s a great idea with the egg cartons – except my parents put cucumbers in the ground when they are larger and the egg cartons probably woudn’t work for cucumbers since they aren’t going into a greenhouse. I guess we will find out what kind of cucumbers those are when they grow. Reply

      • Carolyn
        August 24, 2016

        Hi Natasha, I always though cukes hated the transition of moving them. I plant some indoors and carefully move to garden….have to be sure you don’t disturb roots.😊🇨🇦😊 Reply

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