Some novice workers in the agricultural sector may not understand why cucumbers do not sprout in a greenhouse. The reasons for this may be many.
An experienced gardener knows how to properly care for a greenhouse so that the crops growing in it grow normally and bring good and worthy fruits.
If you notice that cucumbers in the greenhouse have not risen and are not going to do this, you should pay attention to some factors that may interfere with this natural process. Among the main reasons for the non-germination of cucumber seed include the following:
- soil temperature is too low;
- significant seed embedment depth;
- improper soil texture;
- too dry or wet, hard ground;
- incorrect storage of cucumber seeds;
- improper seed preparation methods before planting directly into the soil.
First of all, it should be remembered that the temperature of the soil should not be below 12 °. If the earth is not heated enough, the seeds simply grow moldy and in the future they may not even grow at all. It is best that the greenhouse can maintain the temperature of the soil within 23 °. This temperature is considered the most optimal for the normal growth of cucumber seeds. It is very important not to put the cucumber seed too deep in the ground. It is best to place it at a depth of about 2 cm.
Often, cucumbers do not germinate due to inappropriate soil texture. If your greenhouse has the wrong soil, it should be systematically fertilized. In order to determine what kind of fertilizer this or that soil needs, you should call a professional who will examine the soil and give you the necessary recommendations.
A possible reason for the poor growth of bushes is dry or too wet soil. It is very important to slightly pour the soil before sowing seeds. It should be very careful not to overdo it.
Periodically, the cause of poor growth is hidden in the improper storage of seeds. Keep them only in a dry and protected from the sun place. It is very important that the air temperature is not higher than 20 °, otherwise the seed can germinate prematurely, before entering the soil. In order to prevent excessive moisture from spoiling the normal seed, it is necessary to wrap them separately in a special film or plastic bag that could protect them from excess moisture or direct sunlight, which can also kill.
And, of course, care should be taken to ensure that the soil is soft and sufficiently loose.
In large and hard piles of earth, a weak cucumber seed may not germinate. That is why, before planting, the ground in greenhouses should be carefully dug up and slightly loosened.
How to care for a greenhouse
In order for a cucumber to grow in a greenhouse without problems and at the time required for this process, it is necessary to carefully prepare the soil. First of all, you should dig up the soil and loosen it, because cucumbers love soft soil. After that you need to check it for acidity. This indicator should be no more than 6.4-7.0. If this figure is higher, it should be fertilized with lime. It is necessary to plant seeds in the greenhouse only in the ground rich in organic fertilizers.
That is why a sufficient amount of fertilizer should be applied to the soil before planting. You can feed the soil with mullein or bird droppings with a small amount of ash.
Well-prepared soil is not the key to success, since the germination of grain largely depends on its quality and method of storage. Sow the seeds should be dry. Experts advise to pre-treat them slightly. Under normal circumstances, the first shoots should appear within a week after sowing.
In order for the cucumber to come up at the right time, after planting the seeds, it is necessary to thoroughly water the soil.
It is important to remember that even after planting in a greenhouse, cucumbers need a regular flow of moisture, so you need to water the seedlings at least every 2 days. If the plant feels that it does not have enough water, the cucumber will wither even before the fruits appear. Water for irrigation should be relatively warm, in any case not less than 18 °. If the cucumber still sprouted, despite the lack of moisture, there is no such vegetable, because the product becomes unbearably bitter.
Immediately after the planting of grain and the appearance of small sprouts, the soil and plants should be treated with various poisons, which eliminate the possibility of pests. And, of course, before planting cucumbers in a greenhouse, you should consult with a professional who will help you choose the best varieties of cucumbers for the greenhouse, because many varieties of cucumbers are intended for planting in cooler conditions.
Do not be discouraged if the first batch of cucumbers in the greenhouse has not risen. This phenomenon occurs very often. In order for cucumber seeds to germinate in time, you should listen to all the above tips, since a mismatch to one of the points can completely halt the germination of grain.