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Growing cucumbers in home gardens

Quick facts

  • Cucumbers grow best in warm weather.
  • Start seeds indoors in late April for transplants.
  • Sow seed directly in the garden after soil has warmed, usually in May.
  • Plastic mulch and row covers allow earlier planting.

A summer vine crop 

Green harvested cucumbers on a table

Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) are common garden vegetables in all regions of Minnesota. You can eat them pickled, or raw in salads.

Like other vine crops such as squash, melons and pumpkins, cucumbers grow best in warm weather. Some varieties form long vines that may need a trellis. Others are bush-types that fit better in a small garden.

Soil pH and fertility


Selecting plants




How to keep your cucumber plants healthy and productive


Vincent J. Fritz and Carl J. Rosen

Reviewed in 2018

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