Growing Cucumbers In New Jersey: Everything You Need To Know

You want to know how to grow decent cucumber plants in New Jersey and what you have to account for if you want to get awesome cucumber yields in this region?

Great! This article is exactly for you since I will show you everything you need to know to make your cucumber gardening project in New Jersey a real success.

Not only will I show you how to adjust your watering behavior over time but you will also get information on how to keep away certain pests and many other things.

At the end of this article, you will also find additional resources from which you can learn how to grow cucumbers at home step-by-step in general so you may become a real expert in this field and can get awesome yields in the long run.

Enough talk, let’s give you the information you came for!

Do cucumbers grow well in New Jersey?

While climatic conditions may not be perfect since your cucumber plants will not get as much heat and sunlight as in many other states in the US, you may still be able to grow cucumbers in New Jersey in a decent manner as long as you care well for your plants and also follow the advice in this article and in my grower’s guides.

How long does it take to grow cucumbers in New Jersey?

It will usually take you between 15 and 19 weeks to grow cucumbers in New Jersey from seed to harvest.

Prepare the soil!

If you want to shorten the growing period, you may want to rely on seedlings from the store since this might save you many weeks.

How big do cucumber plants grow in New Jersey?

Cucumber plants can get really bushy and you should therefore provide each plant with at least 14 square feet of space so your plants can grow well and don’t have to compete for important natural resources with each other.

Can you expect great yields when growing cucumbers in New Jersey?

Even though climatic conditions for growing cucumbers are not really awesome in the New Jersey region, you may still be able to get pretty decent yields as long as you care well for your plants and also keep away hungry animals.

When to grow cucumbers in New Jersey?

Most people start growing cucumbers from seed outdoors between April and May in the New Jersey region.

If you want to start your gardening project earlier in the year, you could sow cucumber seeds indoors around March and transplant cucumber seedlings outdoors around May.

Can you grow cucumbers in New Jersey in winter?

Growing cucumbers in New Jersey in winter is not a great idea since winters can be pretty cold and your plants would just not get enough warm weather and sunlight and unless you use a heated greenhouse, your chances of success would be close to zero.

Can you grow cucumbers in New Jersey multiple times per year?

Due to rather long winters and rather short growing seasons, you should not try to grow multiple batches of cucumbers at different times of the year.

Instead, you may be better off focusing on just one single yield and caring for this batch of cucumber plants as best as possible.

What cucumber varieties grow best in New Jersey?

When growing cucumbers in New Jersey, you may want to choose varieties that can deal with cool climatic conditions in a proper manner. Those include:

  • Soarer Cucumbers
  • Telegraph Cucumbers
  • Diva Cucumbers
  • Fountain Cucumbers
  • Rocky Cucumbers
  • Saber Cucumbers
  • Swing Cucumbers
  • Stonewall Cucumbers
  • Masterpiece Cucumbers
  • Lider Cucumbers

Is it better to grow cucumbers in New Jersey from seeds or seedlings?

Due to rather short growing seasons and since winter often arrives rather early, you may rather want to grow cucumbers from seedlings instead of trying to grow them from seeds in the New Jersey region.

Should you start growing cucumbers in New Jersey indoors?

It can also make quite a lot of sense to pre-grow cucumber seedlings indoors rather early in the year around March and transplant them outdoors around May so you may be able to harvest your plants between July and August.

How to water cucumber plants in New Jersey?

Since New Jersey is a rather cool state and it rains quite a lot in the early months of the year, you may not have to water your plants much while they are still young.

However, things may change once your plants get bigger and it gets hotter outdoors so your plants may need much more water and you may even have to water your plants on a daily basis.

Do you have to protect cucumbers against the sun in New Jersey?

Since it is often pretty cloudy, you don’t have to protect your cucumber plants from the sun in an active manner.

Instead, you can just let them grow and they will become more resistant to the sun and radiation once they get bigger anyway.

Will wild animals feed on cucumber plants in New Jersey?

Wild animals like rabbits, voles and deer may also try feeding on your cucumber plants in New Jersey.

Hence, you may want to install a fence around your plants or take other precautionary measures so you don’t have to share your yields with those hungry companions.

Cucumber pests & plant diseases in New Jersey

You may also have to keep away slugs, nematodes, whiteflies and many other pests from your cucumber plants in New Jersey.

Fortunately, it is not hard to keep away pests and plant diseases from your cucumber plants.

When to harvest cucumbers in New Jersey?

If you start growing cucumber seeds around May, you will usually be able to harvest your cucumber plants around September.

If you want to harvest your cucumber plants earlier in the year, you may want to pre-grow cucumbers indoors around March, transplant them outdoors around May and may be able to harvest them between July and August.

Additional Information for Growing Cucumbers at Home

I hope you have found everything you need to grow cucumbers in New Jersey in a proper manner.

If you want to get even more detailed information on growing cucumbers at home step-by-step, you should also have a look at my cucumber grower’s guide.

If you have really specific questions, you may also want to check out my growing cucumber FAQ section where you will find answers to most questions people often have when growing cucumbers at home.

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucumber

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cucumber_varieties

Own research.

About the Author

My name is Andreas and I’m really passionate about our environment and also about growing plants. In fact, I have grown several different plants over many years. I love to see my own plants grow and also always try new things to improve my overall conditions at home.

In my blog posts, I want to share my experiences with you so that you can become successful in growing various different plants and improving your home as well, even though you might still be a beginner right now.

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