Cutting back cucumbers helps the plants to grow and improves the quality of the vegetables. The main shoot should not be cut back. Cut the side shoots back to approximately three leaves.
Salad cucumbers can be harvested approximately two weeks after flowering. Cut the cucumber at the stem using a sharp knife. When harvesting, the cucumber should have a smooth skin and an even green colour. Harvest the growing cucumbers before they are completely grown. They will taste better then; the seeds which may prove irritating as you eat are still small, and the overall yield will be larger due to early harvesting, because this promotes further flowering. If there are lighter patches on the skin of the cucumber, it may mean in fully-grown cucumbers that they are ripe or overripe. The harvesting time for salad cucumbers is from June through to October.
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