How to Water Cucumber Plants

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Cucumber plants need to be watered in a very particular way to make sure they grow as healthily as possible. Water cucumber plants with help from a board member of the Ocean View Farms Organic Community Garden in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Christy Wilhelmi with and this is how to water cucumber plants. And, cucumbers are hot weather plants. They like to grow when it's warm. And, they need water, but they don't need as much water as, say, lettuces do, which need to be watered much more often. They do like to have their soil around them moist, but they don't like wet feet. So, don't have the soil be soggy. The best way to water is to water as closely to the soil surface as possible. You want to avoid getting water on the leaves, because that can attract airborn fungal diseases, like powdery mildew, which is unsightly and can lead to less production with your plants. So, when you water, if you're going to use a watering can or a hose spigot on a hose, water as closely to the soil's surface as possible. Try and avoid getting the leaves wet. Or, you can do one step better, which is use drip irrigation. I have quarter inch drip tubing here with six-inch emitters--that means there are holes in the tubing every six inches--and that gets the water right where the plants need it, at the soil level, right where the roots want it, and none of the leaves get wet. So, those are my best ideas for how to water cucumber plants. I'm Christy Wilhelmi from


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