All over the world, cucumber is considered a popular vegetable. It is often consumed when it is not yet ripe, since it is considered tastier in this form. There is the Othello cucumber, which is an early ripening hybrid, as it can take only 40 days from germination to harvest.
- Description of the variety
- Planting Othello cucumber
- Growing and dangerous pests
Description of the variety
The Othello cucumber is a hybrid that differs from all varieties in its rapid maturation. Its fruits are sprinkled with small humps. For its ripening, 40-45 days after the emergence of shoots are enough. The vegetable of this variety tastes good. Cucumbers grow crisp, do not have bitterness, which cannot be said about many types of this vegetable. Even if the fruits are overripe, they still taste sweet.
Cucumbers are often attacked by powdery mildew, but Othello's cucumber is resistant to it, so it rarely suffers from it. The harvested crop can be stored for a long time, while it has a good presentation. Othello cucumbers are grown not only outdoors. They develop well in greenhouse conditions. Shelters in the form of films are often used to grow them.
Planting Othello cucumber
To plant Othello cucumbers, they use a variety of methods. It is recommended to sow seeds in separate containers in May, deepening them by 1-1.5 centimeters. Cover the planting with foil from above. After a while, shoots should appear. The temperature should be about 25-27 degrees. Seedlings should be watered systematically. But the water for this should be used warm. After 20 days, the seedlings will ripen, which can be transplanted into open ground. It is necessary to ensure that the rhizome is sufficiently developed, and several leaves appear on the seedlings.
You need to pay attention to the soil, as acidic soil is not suitable for cucumbers. In this case, it needs to be limed, then the culture will develop normally. If the soil is poor, depleted, then it is recommended to apply fertilizers in the form of mullein or chicken droppings. Ash should also be added. If the cucumbers are not properly nourished, they will begin to shed their ovaries, and the foliage will acquire a yellow tint.
Growing and dangerous pests
Choose the right planting sites for Othello cucumbers. The beds where the following vegetables were previously grown are ideal:
But after pumpkin crops, you should not plant cucumbers, since in such places they will develop poorly. When a planting site has been chosen, and the seedlings are planted in the ground, you should think about caring for Othello cucumbers. This vegetable needs regular watering, but remember that the water should not be cold. When a crop is watered, care must be taken to prevent water droplets from falling on the foliage.
Cucumbers will not develop well if there are many weeds growing in the garden, so they need to be removed periodically. The soil needs systematic loosening; a crust should not appear on the surface of the soil. The culture needs to be fed periodically. This procedure is performed about 5 times per season. For this, organic and mineral fertilizers are used. When the plant begins to grow, its shoots should be tied up. Experienced gardeners advise not to rush to watering when the seedlings have just been planted. This will lead to the formation of a much more powerful stem, an excellent rhizome. Watering the crop is necessary when the soil begins to dry out. During the rainy season, this procedure is not performed at all. The main thing is that the water temperature is not lower than 18 degrees.
If the culture does not have enough moisture, then the fruits may not ripen as sweet and tasty. This applies to all varieties of cucumber. During the growing period of the crop, hilling should be carried out several times. This will cause additional roots to appear. It is recommended to pinch the side lashes over the ovary that first appeared. This procedure promotes the emergence of new shoots.
The beds where Othello cucumbers are grown should be mulched. This will simplify care and improve the temperature. When the fruits reach about 5-7 centimeters, they need to be plucked. On one plant, the number of fruits should not exceed 10-18 pieces. If Othello cucumbers are grown in greenhouse conditions, then they need systematic ventilation.
There are some tricks to improve crop yield and pollination. For this, it is recommended to attract insects that pollinate the plants. When the culture blooms profusely, it is sprayed with a solution of sugar and boric acid. There is another way. Some gardeners during the flowering period place jars near the garden bed, into which they pour a little honey and water. This will attract insects, and more inflorescences will be pollinated. It is not necessary to use pesticides for spraying during this period, as this leads to the death of insects. After the shoots have appeared, it will take about 40-45 days, and the crop will begin to appear. Gardeners are advised to harvest fruits every 2 days. You need to pick cucumbers carefully so that the plant itself does not get damaged.
But Othello cucumbers can suffer from some pests. One of them is the greenhouse whitefly. She sucks the juice from the foliage, so they dry out after a while. Aphids should also be feared. If there are any changes, it is necessary to help the culture. If you follow all the recommendations, then you can harvest an excellent harvest.
Video about growing and caring for Othello cucumber: