An old favourite, Femspot F1 is an early cropping, all female cucumber of superb quality, producing long, bitter free, ribbed cucumbers. These plants need heat to get the best results and are better suited to indoor growing in a greenhouse.
Cucumber is a traditional salad vegetable which can be produced either in a glasshouse or outdoors. the long green types found in the shops can only be grown with the aid of a heated glasshouse but the other forms are quite at home in the vegetable plot or produced earlier using cloches, cold frames or polytunnels.
WHEN TO SOW
February to May
Where to Sow
Sow seed on edge to prevent rotting 1.5cm (1/2″) deep in individual 9cm(3 1/2in) pots under glass at a constant day and night temperature of 21°C.
What to do next
As soon as the seedlings have formed 3 true leaves, transplant into 15cm (6″) pots. When the plants are about 10cm (4″) tall, plant out into final positions into large pots or growbags underglass. Provide some form of support and tie in stems as required. Male flowers (those with no fruit behind) can appear under stress conditions , these should be removed immediately.
July to September
Cucumbers prefer a moist atmosphere. Keep well watered and feed regularly once fruits start to set.
Low in calories and high in potassium , the dark skin is rich in carotenoid antioxidant.