Plant Care Instructions for Gherkins, Gherkin repotting, care tips, lighting, soil, watering, temperature tips.
Gherkin (Chamaecereus silvestrii)
Temperature: 72° to 80° K – 22° to 27° C
Humidity: 20% to 30%
Watering: every 15 days
This is another member of the cactus family and requires the same kind of care as most other cacti. It grows wild in the undergrowth of Argentina. Its pleasing shape and profu-sion of red flowers make it one of the most attractive cacti.
Like all cacti, this plant sleeps in the winter. During this time, reduce watering to once every three weeks or so. To ensure flowering, move the plant to a cool but sunny spot during the winter. Early spring is the flowering time. The gherkin needs lots of sun all year round but should be kept out of the midday summer sun.
Propagation is done with slips. You should let the cut ends of the young shoots dry out before potting the shoots in firmly compressed soil.
A fast growing variety that produces a mass of small gherkins about 3-8cm long. This variety has firm flesh with a great flavor that is perfect for keeping in vinegar.
From March to July
The best time to plant
3rd week of May, once all the frosts have disappeared.
From June to November (once the fruits are 3-10 cm long, approximately 8-10 weeks after sowing)
Plant 45 cm apart in a well prepared soil in a sunny position (more than 16 ° C) but warm, once all the frosts have finished! They can be grown indoors and / or moved later. Keep them well watered until they are established and in dry weather. They can be left to grow freely along the floor, but it is better to train along a trellis, fence, stake, wire or rope. This will not only save you space but will help the plant to keep the disease free and with the severity of its side will help the cucumbers remain straight. Conduct them carefully so that they grow clockwise on a string, picking up lateral buds and flowers up to 30 cm high. Then, just remove the side shoots and let the plant continue to grow to about 6 feet in height. Once it has reached the top of the rope / support, let the plant grow and grow back to the ground. Choose any dead yellow leaf on the road. Just start feeding once you see the first two cucumbers grow. Not before!
Up to 200 cm depending on weather conditions.
Choose cucumbers regularly to promote long and continuous harvest. DO NOT use farmyard manure on your tomatoes and cucumbers, as farmers sometimes use a herbicide to remove weeds on barley / wheat / straw that is then used as bedding. This will dramatically damage your crop!