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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Ridge cucumber

Outdoor cucumber plants from Lubera

Outdoor cucumber plants are a delight. When the cucumbers come fresh from the bed, they are crunchy fresh and highly aromatic.

Outdoor (Snacking) Cucumber Kleopatra

The healthy, mini cucumber for growing outdoors

From £4.90 *

Outdoor Cucumber Tanja

The robust cucumber for growing outdoors

From £4.90 *


More information about outdoor cucumber plants


In terms of taste, home-grown cucumbers from the garden usually beat conventional greenhouse cucumbers by far. In general, there are many variations of cucumbers in terms of colour, shape, size and weight. Ridge cucumber plants suitable for outdoor cultivation are quite undemanding in terms of care. They are slightly shorter but just as tasty as common cucumbers. They look like small cucumbers and score points with their snack character. By the way, a free-range cucumber doesn't have to taste bitter - our thorough selection of varieties ensures that.



Outdoor cucumber plants from Lubera


Basically, cucumber plants, which belong to the cucurbits family, prefer a warm location - that's why we only grow the cold-sensitive cucumbers in a greenhouse. However, with our pre-grown, robust cucumber seedlings for the open field and resistant cucumber varieties, you can also grow them in your own garden. Of course, the cultivation of ridge cucumber plants in pots is also possible. Our miniature cucumber variety 'Kleopatra' is especially suitable for growing in tubs/pots.


A suitable location for outdoor cucumber plants


Whether planted out or in tubs, the location should be warm and protected from the wind. In mid-May, your cucumber seedlings can be planted out in the open or in a raised bed. It is advantageous if you slowly accustom your outdoor cucumber plants to the outside climate. And it is important to know that at the earliest after three years, cucumbers should be planted again on the same field area. If your ridge cucumber plants have been affected by powdery mildew or downy mildew in previous years, it is better to wait four years before growing cucumbers on your land again.

Before mulching or laying a mulching film, you can improve the soil with compost or horn shavings or ‘Frutilizer® Compound Fertiliser Plus’. The distance between rows in the field should be 50 centimetres for cucumbers and the planting distance in the row should also be at least 50 centimetres.

When growing cucumbers on a balcony, you should choose a bucket or pot of at least 20 litres or a substrate bag and attach a climbing aid. The soil in the pot should be replaced every year.


How do cucumbers grow?


Depending on the variety, outdoor cucumber plants can form shoots up to four metres long; they grow lying down or climbing. The cucumbers usually spread out on the surface of the soil - but it is advisable to tie them up because then the space required is less and the plants remain healthier.

It is not possible to overwinter cucumbers, as they are annuals.

A climbing aid for cucumbers is generally advantageous, as the plants dry out faster in the open and are healthier in the long term. In addition, harvesting your cucumbers is much more comfortable, as the fruits do not lie on the ground. A climbing aid for cucumbers can be chicken wire or a wooden frame.


Care and fertilisation


If you mulch your garden bed with plant material (e.g. straw), the soil warms up better, which leads to better growth of your cucumbers. A mulched soil does not dry out as quickly and does not silt up in the rain.aAlternatively, you can use a mulching foil or black fleece for your cucumbers. It is important to know that cucumbers need a relatively large amount of water. If possible, water them in the morning and regularly - in this way you can also avoid the formation of bitter fruit.

Ridge cucumber plants get hungry. Organic fertilisation is advantageous when growing cucumbers - e.g. with horn meal or stinging nettle liquid manure. However, an oversupply of nitrogen should be avoided, as otherwise, your fruits will rot faster in high humidity. You should also be careful when using mineral fertilisers, as cucumber plants (especially during fruit formation) are sensitive to salts.


Pinching outdoor cucumber plants


Pinching your outdoor cucumbers one time - at the bottom and at the top - is usually sufficient if they grow on a trellis. Cut off the lowest buds and side shoots with your fingers up to about 60 centimetres above the ground. Cucumber plants that grow on the ground should be pruned more often - but the main shoot should be able to grow undisturbed.




Cucumbers ripen about three weeks after flowering. When grown outdoors, the cucumber harvest can usually start as early as July and continues until the end of October. If you harvest the cucumbers regularly and do not let them grow too large, this has a positive effect on quality (vitamin content), taste (bitter-free) and yield. Always harvest your cucumbers with a knife.


Suitable planting partners


Good neighbours for cucumber plants are dill, garlic, beans, kohlrabi and spinach. Less good partners are beetroot, peas, cabbage and celery.


Storage of cucumbers


Cucumbers should not be stored in the immediate vicinity of apples and tomatoes, otherwise, they will rot prematurely. This is caused by the ripening gas ethylene. It is best to enjoy the cucumber directly anyway or as a pickled cucumber from a jar.

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