When I was out on the patio with Charlie this morning I realized there were two fairly good sized cucumbers hiding within all those shaded leaves. So I picked one that was about 8-9 inches long.
I wasn’t too sure about removing it from the vine yet, but it’s the right size. I guess I’ll find out if it’s ripe when I slice it up for supper tonight.
Average Cucumber Growing Season:
Cucumbers require a long growing season, around 50 to 70 days from planting. But of course I can’t recall quite when I planted the seeds. Next year I’m going to have to keep a journal and write these things down.
When To Expect Ripe Cucumbers:
When growing cucumbers, watch for the first female flowers to open. They are the ones with the miniature cucumber right beneath the flower. Expect ripe fruit in 8 to 10 days. Check the vines daily after they start to produce because cucumbers grow quickly.
Most slicing cucumbers should be picked when they are seven to nine inches long and have a bright dark green color. If they get much larger than this they will be bitter.
When you pick cucumbers leave a small one-inch section of stem attached to the cucumber. This prevents the stem end from rotting if you won’t be using the cucumber right away.
Best Way To Cut Cucumbers Off The Vine:
The easiest way to do this, and the least stressful for the plant, is to cut the cucumber off the vine with a sharp knife or pruners. If you twist or pull on the vine the plant can be damaged.
Some people leave cucumbers on the vine and let them grow as large as they can, but the flavor is better if they are harvested earlier.
A cucumber tastes best when its uniformly green, firm and crisp. If they turn yellow, you’ve waited too long to pick.
Pick Ripe Cucumbers As Soon As They’re Ready:
It’s important to keep your plants picked as soon as they’re ready because they’ll stop producing otherwise.
Once you’ve picked them tightly wrap them in plastic wrap. Cucumbers can keep for a week to 10 days when refrigerated.
The tight plastic wrapping helps cucumbers last longer in your refrigerator. It acts as both an insulator to protect against cold injury and prevents and slows dehydration and spoilage.
The flavor is best soon after you pick them.
Do you have cucumbers ready to eat yet?