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Cucumber & pumpkin seed sowing


Anyone got any thoughts on whether its too early to sow cucumber and pumpkin seeds in an unheated greenhouse yet?

I live in the south but this is the first time ive tried cucumber seeds

thanks in advance



  • OnopordumOnopordum Posts: 390

    I'd leave it to early May.

  • Charlie 224Charlie 224 Posts: 129

    I've sowed some cucumbers inside last week and they soon popped up in my propagator. I'm not sure if it's too early, but i'll plant some more Ina month in case these don't really work. 

    I would say it is definitely too early for pumpkin though, leave that till may. 

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,437

    Too soon, I think. They grow really fast when they get going, so if you manage to get them to germinate (and they need heat for that, so an unheated greenhouse probably isn't warm enough yet) they'll get very leggy before you can get them in the ground. If you're growing them indoors in a polytunnel then it may be OK. Otherwise leave it a month to 6 weeks yet. 

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • I agree, leave it a few weeks yet, otherwise they'll be ready to go outdoors before outdoors is ready for them.

  • Good afternoon

    I will start to plant cucumber seeds as well as Runner bean seeds in april ready to plant outside in May when the frosts are less likely. I grow runner beans every year and rotate to where they are planted every two years.Last year was the first time I had grown cucumbers from seed as I now have one of those small multi tiered plastic green house. It worked well for me.


    Jolly Gary

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