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Cucumbers Grown in the AeroGarden?

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Gisette, this is just for you, and to satisfy my own curiosity...

I'm going to stall the Classic Re-Design where I intended to trial the AG6 pods out. I only have two AG's (one is currently full of tomatoes) and want to try this cucumber experiment over the pods. I will come back to this after.

I am aware that cucumbers grow tall, I therefore have no idea how this will turn out...

The cucumbers I will plant are these: Thompson & Morgan Zeina F1 Hybrid

They produce mini cucumbers and are all female, so there will be no pollinating to do. I will plant these tonight, they will be grown using the GH hydroponic nutrients. To save them becoming too tall, I will pinch out the growing tip when they have outgrown my Classic.

I will plant this one seed into an AG6 pod filled with rockwool. My Classic will not have a water pump, instead I will grow this using my air stone and air pump.

Cucumbers Harvested up to 2nd May 2009 - End of project.

22 Weeks of Growth - 10 

 

Photo Snippets

Starting Week   AG6 Pod and Rockwool   AG6 Pod filled with Rockwool   AG6 pod in the Classic, using my bubbler system   Week 6 roots, plenty of...   First Harvest - Week 7 + 4 Days   Week 8 wandering vine!  Two more for the salad (Week 13)   More forming...   More... (Week 17)   Week 21 - Drastic prune...!   Week 21 - Final harvest after drastic pruning...

Weekly Grow Pictures

3 Days Growth   Week 1   Week 3   Week 4   Week 5   Week 6   Week 6 Cucumber   Week 7   First Harvest. Week 7 + 4 Days   Week 8   Week 9   Week10   Week 11   Week 12   Week 13   Week 14   Week 15   Week 16   Week 17   Week 19   Week 20   Week 21   Week 21 - Severe prune...   Week 22 - End of grow due to stem splitting...

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Yay! I wish you every success!

Wow, those are expensive seeds! Pretty cukes, though!


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They are expensive because they are all female.

I have one left in the seed packet, I will plant him and devote the entire AG over to it - it's going to get big!

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Nice, Peat. I'll be curious too. How are you going to keep the temp high enough to germinate, a heating pad or such?

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Cukes will germinate at 55 degrees or so. They just germinate twice as fast at 65 degrees (about 6 days), and double again by 85 degrees (about 3 days). (According to The Square Foot Gardener, 1rst edition - my only gardening reference book.) In any case, home ambient temperature is enough.


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Bruce, I have already grown these cucumbers from seed... www.aerogardenmastery.com/drupal/content/cucumbers-zucchini

As I have already been there with these seeds, I'm happy that I can get these to grow well. It's just the height problem that's going to be tricky.

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The cucumber is now planted...

As I have said, I am now using an AG6 type pod in my Classic. I have used two cubes of rockwool, the bottom one was slightly trimmed to fit in the tapered end.

They are being fed GH nutrients: Seedling Stage, Flora Micro 2.1mL, Flora Grow 2.1mL, Flora Bloom 2.1mL (all per 3.2 litres), pH is 6.0, EC (after adjustment by adding more water) is 0.8
 

Two pieces of Rockwool...                                                                      And placed in the AG6 pod

    

Here is the Classic, I have planted only one seed. The open holes have had silver reflective foil placed over them to keep out the light - to stop algae growth.

And the AG6 pod in the nutrients with my bubbler system.

I will have to watch the water level with the AG6 pod. The AeroGarden 'low water' light comes on after the AG6 pod is well clear of the water - it will therefore sit above the water line unless I check it frequently. The whole idea of this is that the pod remains in the water all the time, the water is sucked up by capillary action to feed the seed/plant. Once the roots have grown out of the rockwool and into the water, it won't be a problem anymore - the pod could then happily remain outside the water all the time.

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Nice photography, Peat - loved the bubbles.

Interesting. Your seedling stage nute solution is much stronger than I used. I think I went by the Flora bottles - they said 1/4 teaspoon each (~1 ml) per gallon. I wonder if that's why my amaranth seedlings have gotten pretty much nowhere by 2 weeks after planting. Eh. I'm about to toss 'em anyway as a loss, can't hurt to enrich their soup, I guess.

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Every single AG grow I have done (lettuce, tomatoes, herbs), I have always started them off with equal 2.1mL and an EC of 0.8, adjusted down by extra water of course.

They have always grown great, no point in changing a winning formula.   The 1mL a gallon does seem a bit weak...

If you are going to throw them, it won't hurt for one last attempt eh? Good luck with this.

 

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Thanks!

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Just read my latest Aerogrow catalog. To my amazement, the description of the Aerogarden 6 Elite+ said that you could grow  English cucumbers. How surprisingly specific... and not one of the first dozen varieties of cuke I would have guessed for 2' headroom.  English cucumbers are like 15" long...

They never did mention whether the new Mega Cherry Tomatoes kit (3x volume per tomato as regular cherry tomato kit, and 6-7 months bearing, but 2 plants), includes the booster nutrients they're now selling to go with plants grown in the higher-light Deluxe/Pro200/6Elite+. Though my peppers needed nutrient boosting above the AG Large tablets, even in the pro100.

They also sell the red&black AG3 sans ladybug decals.