You can take a fresh crop of vegetables from your plot even in late autumn. To do this, some gardeners planted late varieties of cucumbers. Mostly their fruits are used for harvesting for the winter. They are consumed fresh.
Late varieties are resistant to temperature variations and diseases. Self-pollinated species can be grown in greenhouses.
Key differences late varieties
While the cucumbers are not yet ripe, the bush continues to develop the root system. When the first flowers appear, its development slows down, and all nutrients go to the development of the ground part of the plant.
In early varieties, the ripening period may be slightly more than a month. Then the root development ends. The bush can bear fruit abundantly, but only for a short period of time. After a few weeks, yellow leaves appear. Even with the use of nitrogen fertilizing, the fruiting period is prolonged only slightly.
Late varieties have a different pattern of root development. For 45-50 days it grows twice as extensive. Although cucumbers appear later, in general, fruiting lasts longer and more abundant.
Thus, late varieties have the following differences:
- give a harvest later;
- the fruiting period lasts longer;
- elastic fruit with dense skin;
- cucumbers are ideal for salting.
Late cucumbers are resistant to temperature fluctuations and bear fruit well until autumn even under the most favorable conditions. They can be planted both in open ground and in the greenhouse, where self-pollinated plants are placed. The fruits are mainly used for harvesting for the winter.
Some of the varieties of late varieties
As the name implies, later varieties begin to bear fruit later than others. If you plant in the garden such seeds, fresh fruit can be removed until frost. Self-pollinated species can be planted in the greenhouse.
The following are a few late varieties.