The smell and taste of cucumbers and fresh herbs in the cold season - what could be better? And talking about the benefits of these products can be generally infinite. If the cultivation of onions or lettuce is more or less clear (and many of us are already practicing their planting at home), then the effectiveness of growing cucumbers on the windowsill in the winter may be questionable.
In fact, this is also real. It takes only great desire, patience and windows with a wide window sill, facing the south side. Growing cucumbers on the windowsill in the winter is most convenient to carry out in pots: as the plant twists up, securing it, you can save a lot of space. The specificity of planting these vegetables and caring for them presupposes the presence of certain knowledge that relates to the selection of seeds, their preparation, the care of the sprouts and the harvest.
Does it make sense to plant cucumbers at home?
How much crop can I get? It depends on the number of planted and grown seeds. Of course, when planting a crop in an ordinary apartment, one can hardly hope that the crop will allow it to sell cucumbers to its neighbors. However, providing your family with fresh salads at least 2 times a week is quite realistic. About 10-15 fruits can be removed from a single plant - subject to the rules of planting and care.
Why is it worth planting cucumbers on the windowsill in winter:
- they do not take up much space;
- the taste and aroma of their vegetables will never be compared with those of those bought in the store, and their benefits are even more obvious compared to them;
- “your own” cucumbers will save money (the price of fresh vegetables and fruits in the off-season time can scare anyone away);
- This is an excellent and useful hobby that does not require cash investments, bears fruit in the truest sense of the word;
- the smell of growing seedlings refreshes the room, reminding us of summer and improving mood.
Planting and growing technology
So, a firm decision was made to grow cucumbers on a windowsill in winter. For beginners, it is important to familiarize yourself with the basic rules of planting, the list of optimal varieties, the conditions of detention and the irrigation of crops in the home. It is also desirable to take into account the characteristics of planting and caring for a particular variety.
When and what varieties to plant?
Important questions for those who decide to grow cucumbers on a window sill in the winter - when to plant and which variety to choose for a good harvest.
Planting time is a very important factor for any vegetable. The ideal period for cucumbers is the end of February - the beginning of March. But, since we want at this time to feast on crispy sweet cucumbers, we can begin to plant the seeds in October - then by the New Year it will be possible to harvest. If the windows overlook the south side, you can grow cucumbers on the windowsill in the winter. The best varieties for this are self-pollinating, cultivated hybrids.
When choosing a variety, you need to take into account such factors as the required shade endurance of the crop (resistance to low light), germination speed (after all, we want to get a harvest as quickly as possible!), Optimum temperature (you need to choose varieties that grow well at room). Among the most successful options include the following varieties:-
- "Moscow greenhouse";
- "Tom Thumb".
They are not too whimsical, give a crop with good taste properties and rather quickly bear fruit. It is important to pre-soak the seeds, following the instructions that come with the package.
In addition to such factors as sowing time, the right choice of culture and soaking, you need to know a few secrets that will allow you to get the largest possible crop and avoid the loss of seedlings. Note the following:
- sterile universal soil or a mixture of sand and peat (50:50) can be used;
- When buying seeds, you should consult with the seller which of the available varieties is best suited for a particular planting period;
- chances of a rich harvest will increase seed pre-treatment with a special growth stimulant, which can be purchased at a supermarket or flower shop;
- If the seeds are covered with a special protective compound (this is indicated on the package), then treatment is not needed. But such a plant will give its first shoots 1-1.5 weeks later;
- in order to ensure that the seeds will accurately grow, you can germinate them in advance. To do this, select the largest of them and soak overnight (10-12 hours) in a wet cloth, after which select the swollen ones and plant them;
- after planting and germination, you can shake the cucumber bush for maximum pollination;
- It is desirable to use a special tensioning grid, which will create the desired distance from the window and prevent hypothermia.
Planting and care technology
- we take small plastic pots, we fill them with soil;
- pre-soaked seeds are planted to a depth of 1-2 cm. In one standard pot you can plant 3 seeds;
- pour water and set aside until the first shoots;
- after germination (depending on the variety and temperature of the content, this period is from 5 to 14 days) we leave the most healthy sprout, we remove the rest;
- we are waiting for the appearance of the first leaves, in the process every day (a little bit several times a day) we water the shoots, spray the sprouts, you can use mineral fertilizers for feeding;
- when several sheets have appeared, transplant the plant into a larger container (5 l is the optimal volume);
- when our shrub blooms, fertilizer use is mandatory (about two times a week). A great option is top dressing from linden and maple ash - 1 cup per 10 liters of water;
- harvesting is better all at once: it will increase the next yield and prevent the death of the plant.
Observing the above rules, it is simply impossible to remain without a crop. The correct approach to the winter cultivation of cucumbers will help both those already practicing crop-growing and amateur gardeners to enjoy the results of their efforts a couple of months after planting.