How to Plant Lemon Cucumbers

Overview

Lemon cucumbers are the color of lemons and have whitish skin on the inside like lemons, but they are actually cucumbers. These round 3- to 4-inch fruits are slightly sweeter than traditional cucumbers and are used in salads and for pickling. Taking only 65 to 68 days to mature, they grow more quickly and need less heat than regular cucumbers. Knowledge of how to grow these plants will give you a unique and tasty plant to try.

Step 1

Find an area to plant the lemon cucumber seeds with full sun and well-drained soil after the danger of frost passes in the spring. Build hills with a 12- to 16-inch diameter flat top and space multiple hills 30 to 36 inches apart. Mix 1 to 2 inches of organic compost into the soil of the hills to increase fertility for the plants.

Step 2

Plant the lemon cucumber seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep on the hills, spacing them 6 to 8 inches apart. There should be three to four plants on each hill. Tamp the soil down firmly over the seeds to improve contact.

Step 3

Water the seeds deeply after planting. Keep the soil moist--but not soaked--and the seeds should germinate in seven to 14 days.

Step 4

Spread mulch between the plants when they sprout out of the ground. This will keep the moisture content of the soil even and keep down any weeds that may pop up. Without weeds, the lemon cucumber will not have to compete for nutrients.

Things You'll Need

  • Organic compost Water Mulch

References

  • Cornell University: Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners
  • Trade Winds Fruit: Lemon Cucumber
  • Generic Seeds: Lemon Cucumber Seeds
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