Cucumber is a tender, warm-season vegetable that produces well when given proper care and protection. Cucumbers need lots of sun—full sun, in fact. Vegetable gardens should have 6-8 hours a full sunlight a day. There are two types of cucumbers: Pickling and Slicing.

The vines of standard varieties grow rapidly and require substantial space. Vertical training methods and new dwarf varieties now allow cucumbers to be grown for slicing, salads and pickling, even in small garden plots.Cucumber plants have shallow roots and require ample soil moisture at all stages of growth.

Pests & Problems

Aphids — Watch for buildup of colonies of aphids on the undersides of the leaves. Cucumber beetles — 1/4 inch long. Black and yellow spotted or striped beetles. Feed on foliage, flowers, stems or fruit. Fly from one plant to another.

The cucumber beetle can infect the plant with bacterial wilt as early as the cotyledon stage, when seedlings are just emerging from the ground.

Bacterial wilt causes plants to wilt and die. powdery mildew, a fungal disease that is most severe during late summer and fall plantings.

Helpful Links

NCSU Growing Trellised Cucumbers
Disease Management from Clemson
Tips on Growing Cucumbers