Kratky Method Hydroponics: Cucumbers, Update #2

July 14, 2013  |  Comments Off  |  by Ben Czajkowski  |  Gardening
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Well, I’m basically a convert and believer at this point.

Ten days after sticking a Boston Pickling cucumber plant that I rescued from Lowe’s into a Kratky method hydroponic planter, the plant has nearly tripled in size.

Initial Kratky method cucumber planting

Initial Kratky method cucumber planting

Kratky method cucumber planting after 10 days

Kratky method cucumber planting after 10 days

And then there’s the root system. After growing plants, traditionally, in soil, I only see mostly-white roots at the end of the season. Removing the bucket lid reveals a bush of pure white that I’m calling Old Man’s Beard, which is only going to get thicker, bushier, and healthier as time goes on.

After two weeks in the sub-irrigated bucket, the plant is absolutely covered in open blossoms. It’s only a matter of time until there are fruits on these quickly growing tendrils.

Kratky Method Cucumbers with Blossoms

Kratky Method Cucumbers with Blossoms

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