Starting your own garden can be a rewarding process, but it is important to know when to harvest each plant. One of the most popular plants to grow in your garden is cucumbers, which can be used in a variety of recipes. When you are growing cucumbers, it is important that you know when to pick them so that you can get the most out of your plant. Here is a great guide that can help you determine the appropriate time to pick your cucumbers.
1. There are several different things you want to look for when you’re getting ready to pick cucumbers. A few things you want to look for include the size, color, and the firmness of the cucumber. If you are planting vine cucumbers you want to make sure you read the plant tag to get an idea of when to harvest them. The plant tag will also tell you how many days you should wait to harvest the cucumbers after they start germinating. Usually, you can start harvesting the cucumbers about 70 days after termination begins. This is just an estimate because the exact time will depend upon your location and weather conditions.
2. When you go to pick a cucumber, you should look for them to be a nice medium to dark green color. Depending on the type of cucumber you have grown, the color might not be dark green. The cucumbers should also feel very firm when squeezed gently, issued not feel too soft. Typically you want a cucumber to be between 5 to 8 inches since this is when it will have the best taste. If you pick your cucumbers early and consistently you will have many different cucumbers throughout the season. Harvesting cucumbers is really easy and usually only takes a snip with scissors. Some gardeners just grab the cucumber and twist so it pops off the vine. You can also use a pair of sharp scissors and clip the cucumber right off of the vine.
3. Once you have found a cucumber ready to pick, you want to use the scissors about a quarter-inch above the cucumber and snip it right off the vine. You want to support the cucumber with your other hand so that cucumber does not fall to the ground and become bruised. You also want to be careful when you are grabbing cucumbers with your bare hands because some cucumber varieties are pointy and sharp. If the cucumbers you have grown have thorns then you will be able to see the thorns when you look at it. You can usually cut the stem without much force, which is nice for people with arthritis. You should not have to do anything else with the cucumber except rinse it off before you eat it.
4. The one thing you want to be careful with harvesting cucumbers is that you might not see them under all the leaves. The cucumber plant is known to have several layers of leaves and you might accidentally leave some cucumbers behind. When you grow cucumbers, you should know that they will grow very quickly. It is also important that you realize they need a lot of water. So they get the nourishment they need. If possible you should be outside every day looking at your cucumber plant to decide which ones should be harvested. Cucumbers are one of the easiest vegetables to rail, because they don’t need anything except a lot of water. Cucumbers can also grow in various weather conditions, so they are perfect for people in all regions. If you follow these few simple tips you will be able to harvest your cucumbers successfully without any trouble.