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Just an update on how things are going.

After a poor start and losing six plants, two have started to thrive. They really like growing on the clematis netting ( such a good idea @Pete.8) and even though it will be late there will be cues.😁 
So pics of my two ,mini nearest camera, regular one behind. The mini is making a break for freedom and has doubled in size in two weeks.



  • LynLyn Posts: 22,876
    Mine are the same, awful start good now, indication that we sowed them too early I think. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,764
    I planted 4 and might come to regret it. There is only so much cucumber soup a man can eat! I also picked up the netting tip and it is performing much better than previous poles and lighter netting attempts.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,111
    When you think of the weight (hopefully) that it has to take the heavier netting works well.
    @Lyn mine were bought as I only grow four usually,  and not planted early. I blame the compost (westland) for holding too much water mixed with new soil both didn't do well. Next year will stick to regular MPC as I've never had problems with that.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    I lost 5 out of 8 to stem rot this year, even some which were planted above the soil in a 6" x 6" section of pipe filled with 60/40 mix of MPC and perlite, used specifically to avoid this problem.  Over the last 30 years I can only remember losing a couple of cucumber plant to it so am fairly convinced it must have been weather related this year.  The survivors aren't doing brilliantly either and are only now just beginning to grow at their usual pace.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,953
    They're looking good @purplerallim.
    Mine has been doing well too, but with major houseworks going on my mind was elsewhere and I found the plant laying on the floor of the greenhouse at the weekend - there were 17 quite large cue's on it.  I tied it back to the netting carefully and fortunately it's doing ok again now. I'd guess I've had 30ish so far this year.

    Billericay - Essex

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  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,111
    You always do well @Pete.8 with cues, even when you neglect them😁🤣
  • Sabina13Sabina13 Posts: 113
    Whats this net trick? 
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,111
    Well Pete did so well last year with his cues that we asked about how he looked after them , and he said to stop the weight of the cues crushing the plants ( making them bend or slide down a cane) he uses clematis netting to tie them to. And it works well. You suspend it from the roof of your greenhouse and down the side to your plant and fasten the plant to it. Its heavy duty enough to take the weight without cutting into the plant like pea netting. Ok @Sabina1486.🙂
  • Sabina13Sabina13 Posts: 113
    Thank you! 
  • neilbradburnneilbradburn Posts: 142
    Hi all,
    Could I ask what varieties you are all going that seem to be doing so well? I am going burpless green in my GH and although it has done well foliage-wise, I've only had 2 cucumbers off of it and it is almost starting again from  with another couple - rather than working a conveyor belt. Ive got it in a 30cm.pot l,  am keeping the compost moist ansld am feeding weekly with comfrey tea. I just wondered if the variety - which is a ridge type - doesn't get on so well in a GH.
    thanks in advance!
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