Last Updated on December 30, 2021 by
Looking for ways on how to know your cucumbers are ready to pick? Find out in this guide.
Know when to pick cucumbers can be quite confusing. Especially when it comes to determining if your cucumber is ripe to pick and eat.
Growing cucumbers in your garden can be a great plus. They are quite easy to grow and they yield plenty of fruits. Cucumber plants grow very rapidly, therefore, cucumber harvesting is important to prevent your cucumber from turning yellow. But when are they ready to pick?
Normally, cucumbers are picked around 50 – 90 days after planting. Cucumbers can be picked for either slicing or for making pickles. In this guide, we will be giving you tips on when to pick your cucumbers and details about ripe cucumbers.
When are Your Cucumbers Ready to Pick
Cucumbers are picked mainly for 2 reasons:
- Slicing cucumbers for freshly eating them
- Pickling bumpy types for making pickles
Tips on When to Pick Cucumbers
Below are some of the tips to consider when picking your cucumbers:
- Early phase: Cucumbers kick-off by forming at the bottom of a female flower. They are quite edible even at that very early phase. But they will be too tiny to eat, so you might not enjoy eating them at that stage.
- Dying in early phase: A few times you might notice them dying off at an early stage. That is because they probably didn’t get pollinated correctly.
- Pickling cucumbers: You can decide to pick young cucumbers at their early phase, as they are nice for making pickles. Although your plants may produce just 3 or 4 of these kinds of cucumbers at a time. Just in case you want to make a large collection of pickling. You will need to grow several plants and keep an eye on them so they don’t get too ripe.
- Blossom tail: To know when your cucumbers are ready to be picked and eaten, always take note of the blossom tail. Once the end of your cucumber begins to swell, they are practically done growing and ready to be picked.
- Size: Cucumbers will enlarge and get bigger from the top to the bottom. The best time to harvest a fresh eating cucumber should be when they are about 7 to 9 inches long and light-dark green. This way you get to enjoy your cucumber with succulent taste and nice texture.
- Taste and consistency: If you still have doubts if your cucumbers are ready to be picked, slice one of the cucumbers, and have a taste. It ought to be crunchy and soft.
Always check your cucumbers every day or two days at most, so they don’t get too ripe or turn yellow. And so you enjoy that optimal deliciousness.
Know When Your Cucumbers are Ripe
Generally, cucumbers become ripe from 50 to 70 days after planting them. Usually, your cucumber becomes ripe when it is medium green to bright dark green, firm, and not hard or soft.
When your cucumber starts to turn yellow, baggy, or with wrinkled tips, they taste so bad. This means they are way beyond ripe and should never be eaten. Therefore, they should be discarded immediately.
Can Cucumber Get Ripe After Picking?
Cucumber does not continue to grow after picking as other plants do. So they do not get ripe after you pick them.
- Pick them early
- Always check on them regularly
- Too late to pick and eat when already turning yellow
- Learn more about the best way to store cucumbers
What happens if you pick a cucumber too early?
If you pick the cucumber early and it begins to wilt, it will be sour. If you pick a cucumber that is slightly too big and put it in the refrigerator, it will become bitter.
When should I pick my bushy cucumbers?
While most cucumbers are picked when they are small, the cabbage family plants can continue to grow for months if left unharvested. With that in mind, here are the steps you should take when picking your cucumbers:
• Pick them before they get too big and before the stem goes dry.
• Pick them once their color turns from dark green to light green. They should be firm but not hard.
• Pick them while they're still young and tender enough to eat without cooking or canning.
Why are my cucumbers short and fat?
There are many reasons why cucumbers are short and fat. They can be too old or grown in a poor soil. But the one that you would probably relate to the most is that they were picked too early and left out in the sun.
Will cucumbers ripen off the vine?
Cucumbers are typically picked before they have had enough time to ripen on a vine.
The main difference between a cucumber that is ripe and one that is not ripe is how much water it holds internally. When a cucumber gets too wet from rain or irrigation, it starts to rot and its flesh becomes slimy and mushy.
How do you pick cucumbers off the vine?
There are several methods one can use to pick cucumbers off the vine. The most common ones include using your hands to grab a vine and pull down on it, or using your hand and arm to grip the cucumber, pulling towards you and pushing off with your foot.
How many cucumbers do you get per plant?
The cucumber plants usually produce fruits in groups of four or five.
How long will cucumber plants produce?
Cucumbers are one of the most popular vegetables in the world. Its popularity is due to its ability to grow in any climate and with minimal care.
How long will cucumber plants produce?
Cucumbers can grow for a long time, but they need consistent care.
Cucumber plants grow for about eight weeks and continue to produce for about six months.
Can you grow cucumbers and tomatoes together?
There are several different types of vegetables that can be grown together. However, many vegetables need different temperatures, sunlight and humidity to grow successfully.
Cucumbers and tomatoes are both cool-weather plants that require a lot of sunlight. If you plant them together, they will be able to share the resources they need like soil, water and nutrients. They will also benefit from the heat each other generates in their leaves in cooler weather conditions.
Some pro tip: Try growing sweet corn with cucumbers or try growing beans with tomatoes.
Do cucumbers prefer sun or shade?
Cucumbers are most likely to grow in cool, moist conditions and will bolt if there is too much sun exposure. They also need soil that is rich in nutrients and drainage holes. There are many different varieties of cucumber plants and they all have their own set of needs.
Cucumbers like the light shade of a building. Some will grow under a tree or anywhere where there is light shade along with other plants like vines, flowers, or herbs near them to provide beneficial insects for pollination purposes."
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