cucumbers questions

United States
August 14, 2010 8:26pm CST
Wich is the better way to grow the plant sprawling on the ground or climbing? I have been debating this with my hubby most of the summer. Honestly I put it up on a tomato cage that we didn't use this year and it seemed ok. I only tried it because it was sprawling out so far I was confused with witch plant it was as it looked just like the cantaloupe *LOL* My Aunt says she's always grown them climbing. But what I want to know witch way give the higher yield? & the health of the plant & fruit?
3 responses
@Hatley (164465)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Aug 10
hi again. when I was in my teens onour South Dakota farm we always grew' our cucumbers on a lattice type affair with tom atoes next door and head lettuce. the close combo of the three seemed to make them all produce abundantly too.Also it prevents the cucumbers from getting soggy from wet ground, they stay nice and firm and are so good to eat. yum,they produce more when up off the ground.
• United States
15 Aug 10
We haven't tried to grow lettuce yet. I was thinking that too, as I know w/ the zucchini that I find a slug or two on the underside and I'm sure that's not good. And I guess when I water in the evening that wouldn't be good for them either. I've been trying to be a good egg and water in the mornings when it hasn't rained.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
17 Aug 10
I would definitely make sure that there was something solid for the vines to be able to attach to because otherwise you might end up with a lot of breakage because of the weight of the cucumbers. However, other than that I would think that growing climbing cucumbers would be better because there would be far less chance of having bottom rot from sitting on the ground. Not sure about the change in yield though.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
15 Aug 10
I don't like to grow things on the ground, the bugs get into them as well as the mice. So we grow them on cages.