Cucumber – Cucumis sativus
Family Cucurbitaceae (Gourd family)
Cucumber varieties are typically grouped into slicing and pickling types. Cucumbers, like other gourds and melons, produce two flower types, only some of which will produce fruit. Pollination, typically by bees, is required for fruit set. Trellising can be helpful to lift fruit off soil and help leaves dry faster to reduce spread of disease.
Cultural practices such as proper site selection, soil preparation, planting, and watering are important for plant health, pest management and pest reduction when growing cucumber.
For more information about growing vegetables, visit the UC ANR California Garden Web website.