Indoor Winter Cucumbers 2011

Started my winter cukes - this year's first contenders are Tasty Jade (the Japanese cucumber Beth's been raving about), and Socrates:

tasty jade (johnny's selected seeds) socrates cucumber (johnny's selected seeds)

They both seem like good candidates for growing indoors. So far, they've just sprouted:

 

For an outrageously expensive seed (62 cents apiece ), the Socrates only sprouted 1 out of 2 planted. Edit:  eventually, the second Socrates seed sprouted.

They'll stay on the sunny windowsill, until big enough to transplant, probably. I've been having good luck with adding hydroton grow rocks to potted cucumbers. For seedling stage, modified that to 1/4 perlite to 3/4 Miracle Gro potting mix. Hopefully that'll keep them wet and dry enough...

Harvests:

socrates cucumbers: 53 (first 11/03, 7 weeks from seed!)
tasty jade cucumbers: 46 (first 11/19, 8.5 weeks from seed) 
super snappy peas: 12? pods (first 11/28, 9 weeks from seed)

terminated 9/23/2012 - just over a year productive lifespan

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Only one Tasty Jade this week. More acid nutes... Several Socrates plumping up.

 

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Comeback accompli - three cukes harvested this week. But. It's getting kinda hot to let these guys bask in the afternoon sun. Their days are numbered.

 

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Comeback continuing.

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Added MirAcid, and the plants are even yet making a comeback... Only one harvested this week.

 

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3 more cukes - 72 to date. These plants may need another dose of Miracid to eek them out a little longer. Our drought is over, though, so they're getting rain-fed.

 

 

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Cut back to only 3 CFLs - plants get quite a bit of western sun now.

  

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Wish I had enough rainwater to give these nothing-but. They're producing, though.

 

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Only 1 Tasty Jade this week, but lots of Socrates growing in parallel. Tried pinching off multiple cukes at same node.

 

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7 cuke week - now up to 55 harvested. Just for grins, I planted seeds (indoors) for trying outdoors in a couple weeks - one Korean grace white cuke, one Japanese tasty jade. Although the descriptions at Johnny's made the Socrates sound more cool-tolerant, I think the Tasty Jade is. Not that I really expect it to be cold-tolerant enough for April in Connecticut, but the weather's insane this year, at least 4 weeks ahead of itself, trees blooming and leafing out in March - looks almost like May. And dry, alas. Not enough rain or snow this year, so far.

 

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