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Old 05-10-2016, 06:49 AM
 
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I live in Zone 7 (Long Island, NY). I put my cukes in the ground too early - a rookie mistake. They're not doing well, and I want to make sure I have cucumbers! I can direct sow the seeds, right? Do I just put the seeds in the ground, water them, and pray? Is there anything else I should do to get them to sprout?

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Old 05-10-2016, 07:07 AM
 
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Sprouting is the easiest part, the seeds will sprout no matter how and when you drop them in/on the ground. Growing is much trickier. Cucumbers are very environmentally sensitive, so you basically need good luck to grow them well in quanity and appearance. Some people use "umbrellas" to protect cucumbers from polluted rain water, it is the only way for them.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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I normally have the best luck direct sowing them rather than transplanting. Cucurbits (cucumbers, melons, squash, etc.) do not like their roots disturbed, so it is often best to direct sow. Because our springs are so volatile as far as temps go here in zone 5b, I will often start them in 3" pots outdoors where the soil will warm quicker than in-ground or in larger containers. I started mine just a few days ago, as they germinate quickly with warm soil, and most have already broken the surface. In 2-3 weeks I will transplant to large containers long before the plants have become root-bound in their 3" pots. In all honesty, direct sowing usually produces stronger and more productive plants, but I have a busy season ahead and wanted to get a jump on it.

I do the same with melons and squash, which do just fine being direct-sown. All members of this plant family grow extremely quickly and you'll probably begin seeing fruit form within a month or so from seed. I direct-sowed squash seeds last season on Memorial Day and was harvesting by July 5.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:35 AM
 
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If in doubt sow cucumber seeds late fall, then they will do sprout guessing work for you, most of them anyway.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:53 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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To do well they need soil temperatures at least 55F, probably too early there. I just planted mine from 2" starts last weekend (8B). I would plant them now indoors in pots and transplant when it stays in the 50s at night. You can do seeds then too but may not get much yield before the fall cooling comes. Your best bet is to wait and buy them already in blossom (in 4" pots) and transplant in late May.
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:30 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I sow them in non pot like and then I can transplant them. No roots disturbance.
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I always direct seed mine, and they do great. I generally plant them during the week after our last average frost date. That seems to work just fine.
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