How to Plant Cucumbers in a Five-Gallon Container


If you want to grow fresh cucumbers, but you do not have a garden, try growing them in 5-gallon containers. Cucumbers can grow in large open spaces or in small confined location with the proper care. Growing your own cucumber plant will yield an abundant amount of fresh vegetables. Once you decide to grow cucumbers in a container, select a location that receives plenty of sunlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Rocks and pebbles
  • Loose soil
  • Teepee stake system
  • Water-soluble fertilizer
  • Drill six to 10 holes in the bottom sides of the container. Make the holes approximately 1 inch above the bottom.

  • Line the bottom of the bucket with a single layer of rocks and pebbles to aid in drainage.

  • Fill the container with loose soil. Leave 3 inches of space at the top of the container.

  • Place a teepee stake system designed for cucumbers in the bucket to support the cucumbers. It is not necessary to stake the cucumbers, but the system will support the plant and make it easier to harvest cucumbers.

  • Transplant a cucumber from its nursery container into the bucket. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Plant the cucumber at the same depth as it was growing in the nursery container. Pack the soil down firmly.

  • Place the container in a location with full sunlight. Select a location where the plant will be protected from the wind.

  • Water the cucumbers until the water comes from the holes in the bottom. Water the cucumber plant as needed to keep the soil from drying out.

  • Add a water-soluble fertilizer to the cucumbers when they bloom. Follow the directions on the package for the recommended application rate.

  • Harvest the cucumbers when they grow 4 to 6 inches long.

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