Growing greenhouse cucumbers demands big investment. It’s a game of driving high, quality yields from every square metre to meet consumer demands and to maximise return on investment. For optimal production conditions, you need the right structure, agro-technical solutions, tools and agronomic knowledge.
Which structure should I use when producing cucumbers?
There are two common greenhouse structures suitable to cucumber production: glasshouses and poly houses.
The questions you should ask are:
Glasshouse structures are suitable for nursery cultivation and commercial production of cucumbers in mild to cold climates and require high investment. Poly houses are more suitable for diverse climatic conditions.
What is the growth cycle of greenhouse cucumbers?
Usually, there are two to three growing cycles per year. In warm climate conditions, it takes between 20 and24 days from planting to first harvest, and the harvest period takes 7 to8 weeks. In high-tech greenhouses, the harvest cycles are very long and can take up to 16 weeks. In this case, there will only be two growing cycles per year.
The harvest period can differ from season to season. For example, a summer cycle will take approximately 10 weeks, while a winter cycle will take around four months.
What is the expected yield for greenhouse cucumbers?
How do the EC and pH affect my greenhouse cucumbers?
Ensuring the right EC, pH, and nutrient levels in the root-zone is critical for fast-growing and high-yielding crops. This is especially true when growing in soilless media, as the growing medium has low buffer capabilities and demands a fast and precise reaction. You need a system that can react quickly to any change, be it crop stage or climate. This can be the difference between winning and losing.
Check out the unique drippers on offer for cucumber production, or our super-precise dosing systems.
What are the benefits of Compensated Non-Leakage (CNL) drippers?
Irrigation of soilless media needs short irrigation pulses (minutes). With CNL drippers, you increase Nutrigation™ uniformity by saving the refilling time of the system and preventing system drainage that can cause uneven water distribution if done frequently. This means that all the drippers start and stop at the same time.