Growing Lemon Cucumbers in Kratky Hydroponics – Update: Month 1

Growing Lemon Cucumbers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth

Yep, lemon cucumbers. You did read that right. They look like lemons, but they taste like cucumbers. Why? Because I can. Why not?

Lemon Cucumbers, Photo Courtesy of Burpee
Lemon Cucumbers, Photo Courtesy of Burpee

Strangely enough this is one of the plants I am most excited about. I mention it to everyone – its definitely a talking point. Yet for some reason I haven’t really been tracking the growth progress. So now that the plant has reached one month old, it’s time to make a blog post about it.

Growing Lemon Cucumbers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth
Growing Lemon Cucumbers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth

I started these lemon cucumbers in my Aerogarden Bounty, and transplanted them to their Kratky buckets somewhere 2 weeks old. In reflection, I think this was a mistake. I waited too long and they had developed too many roots that I lost in the transplant process. The plant went into shock, and it took a long time for roots to re-grow and then for any more visible growth (leaves) to start showing. For two weeks they seemed to be dormant – only I could see root development and knew something was happening.

Growing Lemon Cucumbers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth
Growing Lemon Cucumbers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth

In the last week that the cucumber plant has started to visibly grow, and in that time it has really taken off! In that time its gone from a seedling with two leaves to… well this baby monster.

Growing Lemon Cucumbers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth
Growing Lemon Cucumbers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth

Between his upper two branches a small tendril, or maybe a new branch, is starting to grow.

Growing Lemon Cucumbers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth
Growing Lemon Cucumbers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth

If you look closely under the top leaf you might see a circular spiral. That’s a tendril, getting ready to grab onto a support for the plant to grow! After all, cucumbers tend to be rather like a vine. I’m going to have to add their trellis in, probably tonight. I don’t want them to grow outwards and flop over my floor, but rather train it to grow upwards onto the trellis.

Have you grown cucumbers before? Have you any tips to share with me? Let me know in the comments below.

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