Cucumber

Cucumis satvius
Cucurbitaceae, Gourd Family
Cucumber
Cucumber
Daughter Zion is left…like a hut in a cucumber field
Isaiah 1:8
Cucumber
We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic
Numbers 11:5

Cultural Information

TypeEdible Annual
Height4 - 6 feet
Soilvariety of soils, provide good drainage
Exposurefull sun
Leavesdeep green, hugs, triangular, spiny hairs
Flowersbright yellow, star-shaped with nectar tube, clustered, flowers bloom summer through early fall
Fruitdark green, oblong, smooth or bumpy skin depending on variety, watery flesh, fruits elongate quickly, from 4 to 10" plus

Planting Tips

  • plant along fence or trellis and secure vine as it grows
  • by training vine vertically, fruits will grow with even color and form
  • pick first cucumbers to promote more fruiting
  • check vines frequently, new fruits will surprise you!
  • morning water blasts from the hose can help keep pests at bay

Garden to Table

  • add fresh cucumber slices to all kinds of sandwiches as well as salads
  • for a simple, tasty snacks, alternate cucumber slices with Swiss cheese slices or  dip cucumbers in humus
  • add cucumber slices to ice water for a refreshing drink

Additional Resources

See Blog Posts on Cucumber
Prayer: O Lord, may cucumbers remind me of your refreshment — you will wash me and lead me away from meaningless gestures into restoring worship of you (Isaiah 1:13 – 17).
-from the NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible
Cucumber
We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic
Numbers 11:5

Photo Credits

©Markit ǀ Dreamstime.com Cucumbers grow from sunny yellow flowers on the vine
©Balefire9 ǀ Dreamstime.com Crisp fruits so refreshing from the garden
©Gresei ǀ Dreamstime.com
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