How to Grow Cucumbers in Pots or Containers

How to Grow Cucumbers in Pots or Containers

lots of cucumbers

How to Grow Cucumbers in Pots or Containers the easy way! There are two types I really love to grow every year. I DO NOT reuse any of my cucumber seeds from last year’s crops. Mainly due to the toxicity of the seeds. Let me go into more detail about that.

Why You Should NOT Re-Use Your Seeds From Cucumbers

Members of the Cucurbitaceae families which includes Zucchini also. Can contain toxins called cucurbitacins. They are bred so they can contain low levels of this. That is why it doesn’t affect us when we eat them.

However ornamental pumpkins can have high levels of cucurbitacins, and such ornamental plants can cross-fertilize edible Cucurbitaceae and they become toxic to humans. So I wouldn’t recommend using the same seeds from your plants to grow the following year.

Pickling cucumbers growing beside beets in a very large wood container
Here is an example of my Cucumbers growing beside the beets. Cucumbers are on your left.

This is actually a funny story. I got my seeds mixed up and we built the trellis for the climbing cucumbers which evidently I planted into a large container so after noticing this It was too late to move them. Below I had to makeshift some support for them. They still produced well and so did the other ones.

Climbing cucumbers in smaller pots
I recommend marking the types of cucumber your growing so you can set up the right support system for them.

Types of Cucumber To Grow In Containers

  • Long English Cucumbers
  • Green Fingers Persian Cucumbers
  • Muncher Cucumbers
  • Ashley Cucumbers
  • Diva Cucumbers
  • Straight Eight Cucumbers
  • Sweet Success Cucumbers
  • Pickling Cucumbers
  • Double Yield Cucumbers
  • Alibi Cucumbers
  • Liberty Cucumbers
  • Others like Wautoma, Eureka, Lemon Cucumbers, Armenian, Blonde Cucumbers are just a few.

Growing Climbing Cucumbers in Containers or Pots

Use a larger container to grow your climbing cucumbers and pickling cucumbers. I have tried a 10″ pot and I only got a few cucumbers on them. I suggest using a larger one like the pictures above. You want the container to hold at least 5 gallons of soil. (20 quarts). Self watering containers are great if you don’t have much time to spend on them.

Soil for Growing Cucumbers in Pots or Containers

Use rich healthy soil to grow your cucumbers for the best production. Although, I have grown these in containers made out of wood and using regular garden soil. I was able to produce a large amount to do all my preserving for the year. I think this year I will try a different soil to see the difference. Always start your seeds indoors to prevent diseases.

Cucumber seedlings growing in window sill
Credit Busy Bee – Good Gardener

Planting Your Cucumber Seeds

I always use new disease-resistant seeds from a nursery. Use larger cups to start indoors and transplant outdoors after the last frost. Place your seeds 1/2 inch deep in larger cups. The reason I say this is because most cucumber plant roots are very sensitive to being handled afterwards.

  • Keep soil moist and use seed starting soil if possible
  • As the seedling appear in 7-14 days keep soil evenly moist
  • Place in a window sill that is sunny
  • Good Companion plants are radishes, peppers, tomatoes herbs. You want to attract more bees so you get a plentiful yield.

Pests and Diseases of the Cucumber Plant

Again I would like to suggest using the Cucumber Disease Identification chart with GrowVeg. Most of the problems will come from the soil. However, some of the common problems besides aphids, beetles, and spider mites are:

  • Downy Mildew
  • Cucumber Mosaic Virus
  • Powdery Mildew
  • Bacterial Wilt
  • Blossom Blight
  • Squash Anthracnose disease

Harvesting You Cucumbers

You can usually start harvesting around 50-60 days from planting them. To avoid any damage when removing the cucumbers, cut from the fruit and not the vine. Do not pull them off. Do not allow your cucumbers to get overripe. It will signal to the plant it is time to end producing cucumbers. For the best taste, make sure you harvest in the early morning and not when the plant is in full sun. They do grow very fast and can be harvested daily.

Cut up cucumbers making pickles in a large steel pot

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