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Phoenix, AZ
Livelyfam
May 17, 2018 10:11 AM CST
I am trying to grow cucumbers for the first time using containers. I have two separate containers, one with a Persian variety and one with Armenian cucumbers. The Armenian variety has lots of flowers but no fruit. The Persian variety has both flowers and fruit. What can I do to encourage fruiting on the Armenian variety?

Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 17, 2018 10:39 AM CST
Welcome!

Does the Armenian cucumber have both male and female flowers on it? If it has only male flowers, be patient as the plant is too young to set fruit. If there are male and female flowers, time for a little hand pollination.

How big and thick are your pots? If the pots are only about 5 gallons and thin-walled (like a bucket), you may need to insulate them to keep your plants alive during the summer. Hot roots = unhappy plants.
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Phoenix, AZ
Livelyfam
May 17, 2018 11:41 AM CST
It only has male flowers at this point... how long does it usually take to set fruit? I planted them over a month ago.

The pots are 14" wooden bucket planters from Home Depot. They are on a covered south facing patio, out of late afternoon sun. I decided on the Armenian variety bc I had gotten some from a CSA a few years' back, so I knew they could take the summer AZ heat.... any suggestions on insulating the pots would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much for the info!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 17, 2018 11:45 AM CST
Armenian cucumbers need a long season because they take awhile to decide to produce fruit. All you can do is wait until they start producing female flowers and there's no way to predict when that will be.

The minimum size container to grow a full size cucumber plant is about 5 gallons. Hopefully, you have that.
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