Cucumbers & Zucchini

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I've been eagerly following :

We seem to be getting close to knowing how to do this.

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You'd better! Seriously, I

You'd better!

Seriously, I do wish you all the best. I'd love to see someone succeed with this!

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Hmm, not sure about Ann's

Hmm, not sure about Ann's advice here... There may be other factors in play, such as temperature, that could effect her results.

Cucumbers are what's known as 'day neutral' - a plant that's blooming period is not effected by the length of day, but, it needs daylight to flower. When you reach the blooming stage with a day neutral, the ideal light cycle to give them is 15 to 18 hours with the lights on and 9 to 6 hours of darkness. I would be inclined to stick to the tried and tested 'hydro rules', and use the light cycles that are meant for them.

OK, the ones I would rather grow are the all female variety - hybrids. These do not need pollinating at all, it is so much easier with these.

Looks like I'm going to be the first to try the AG cukes then, If your nice I may share my results with you.

 

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Peat, sorry to hear your

Peat, sorry to hear your indoor cuke tanked. I was impressed you got as far as you did, with so little window light.

Well, Ann's results were that when you get to the flowering stage, you need to limit light to ~11 hours a day, or all the flowers stay male - no fruit. On a Classic, you'd have to arrange that by manually turning off the lights every day, right? (I don't have a Classic. Perhaps you could rig something with a timer there, too, though...)

And the Classic is limited in light & grow space.

< shrug > I'm enough of a disbeliever, that despite how I adore cukes, I haven't bothered to waste a grow cycle trying it in an Aerogarden. Now that I have the Deluxe, maybe I will sometime... For now, I watch others' attempts with great interest.

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You remember that I started

You remember that I started my cuke plant in my AG, it was planted out into dirt when it became too big. Now, what would happen if I just pinched out the growing tip when it reached the max height of my Classic?

Would I be able to get a decent harvest with this stunted plant? What do you reckon? It would be interesting to try, after my re-design project...

The cuke I grew absolutely flourished, I'm convinced it would have made a stunning plant - if only my Classic was big enough. Being grown hydroponically is definitely the way to go.

           

The cuke in soil has only given me three cucumbers. It's struggling now, probable lack of light and the chlorosis thing that still inflicts it. It's a real shame, I had high hopes for this - it grew really well and produced masses of cucumbers, unfortunately they all died off when it was struck down by this disease. It is currently on 'life support', watering with hydrogen peroxide to keep it going...

 

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