Kitty52 Posts: 162
in Fruit & veg
I now have my cucumbers in the greenhouse. However they have a number of flowers on each of them although still small. Should I just leave these and let them grow or should I cut them off in case they will prevent the plant from growing??
Female flowers are easy to ID - you may need to hand pollinate if no suitable pollinators are about in the GH. Again, it can depend on which variety you have,
I've been growing Mini-Munch for the last few years.
At the mo my plant is in a 2L pot and about 8" I can already see about 8 little cucumbers on it.
I don't remove them.
It'll be going into its 22L pot in about a week to continue growing in my greenhouse.
They are extremely prolific.
I've not grow Beth-Alpha os can't advise on that one, but you're correct - the female flowers have a tiny fruit behind the flower, the males don't.
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Given adequate support and space, they should give you a good harvest. I did actually have a couple outside last year as well - shorter growth but they produced OK ( SW UK ).
Enjoy your harvest
This is last year at the beginning, the plant ended up covering the entire end of the greenhouse. Outside they still reach up to 6 foot, and will slide down a pole and snap.
As you can see I have hung the netting from one side to the other over the metal roof support. Used greenhouse clips and wire to create a gap for the cues to be threaded through and then layed across when at roof level. Makes great use of the space.
As you can see @Kitty52 it does need a bit of maintenance due to the weight it takes.😆