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Cucumber seedlings- planting deeper or not?

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by Selleri, Apr 9, 2021.

  1. Selleri

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    I stupidly started my Piccolo di Parigi seeds way too early but the seedlings seem fine. It's time to re-pot them.

    Do I plant them deeper like I would tomatoes, burying the stems upto first leaves?

    Google results seem to disagree but bend towards planting much deeper. To me, the stems don't look like the hairy ones that readily form roots on any parts buried in soil.

    Thanks for help!

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  2. JWK

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    No don't plant deeper as cucumber stems are very prone to rot. When I plant in it's final position I make a little mound of soil so the stem is kept dry. Don't over water them or splash water on leaves or stems.
     
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    • pete

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      This is strange, as when I was a grower of many a cue I always top dressed the plants with stuff from the compost bin, and the lower stems made surface roots that went into the muck and they grew like the clappers.
      With seedlings, I agree its probably not good to bury them too deep, but stem rot is usually because the temperatures are too low and sowing too early is the reason that happens.
       
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        I bury a plant pot or milk bottle with the Bolton cut out and slits in the side and then water through that.
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        • Selleri

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          Thanks for your advise, I decided to plant half of the seedlings a bit deeper and half in the same depth. Both versions have been successful :scratch:

          Next question :): What do I do with the flowers? I'm a cucumber newbie and can't decide if these should be removed, left alone, or hand pollinated now that the plants are still about a month away from moving outdoors. The variety is Piccolo di Parigi.

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          Thanks again!
           
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