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Horse cucumbers are a unique modern hybrid that has a strong stem and small fruits. They are preferred by those who love small cucumbers. They are ideal for salads and pickling in small jars.
This is one of the famous varieties of cucumbers that belongs to early fruiting. He is not afraid of cold weather and grows calmly without the presence of greenhouses. Connie cucumbers have an f1 particle, which means a hybrid of the first generation.
Details of the variety
A description of the cucumber variety is included on the seed bag. This hybrid adapts to any climate and grows in greenhouses and outdoors. The harvest is usually rich and does not require special pollination.
- Small elongated shape, short, do not grow longer than 10 cm;
- The skin is thin, there are small bubbles on it, sometimes a small fluff;
- The weight of one vegetable is not more than 100 grams;
- The color is mostly dark green;
- The taste is crispy, juicy, sweet.
Conny bushes are of medium length, with small loops on the stem. This species is very fond of moderate humidity, good watering and fertile soil.
How to achieve a high yield
The cultivation of this variety requires certain rules. If gardeners want high yields, then they should be followed.
One of the main requirements is the landing site. Even if it is a greenhouse, then it should not be in a lowland, on a site well-lit by the sun. Also, cucumbers do not like when they are planted in the same place.
Every year you need to change the type of plants in the greenhouses. And it should also be noted that after melons and gourds, this variety will bear fruit badly. But after peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, beans, there will be a wonderful harvest.
In order to have more fruits, you must always water, feed, loosen the soil on time. Connie f1 cucumbers are very fond of good, fertilized soil. Before planting in the ground, you must wait for the seed to sprout. During this time, you need to maintain the required temperature, humidity, light, and feed. Mature seedlings with good leaves are then planted in the beds or in a greenhouse.
How to plant seedlings
Cucumber Connie f1 in northern latitudes is planted in the beds only with seedlings. So there are more chances that the fruits will have time to ripen. Land for landing is prepared in advance. First, they dig up the upper ground by 20-30 centimeters, fertilize the holes with needles, peat, hay, put manure or humus on top. From above, they are already covered with loose earth.
If the seedlings are not planted in a greenhouse, then the prepared bed is watered, covered with foil and left for several days. Then sprouts are planted in moist soil with fertilizers. While they are getting used to the new place, it is better not to touch them or water them for a week.
In a greenhouse, seedlings are planted in the form of a checkerboard. To do this, first dig holes, watered with cold water. Then fertilize and plant bushes.
Outdoor shrub maintenance is different from greenhouse maintenance. If you know about all the nuances, then you can always get a high-quality harvest, regardless of weather conditions and climate. Vegetables ripen quickly, already in the middle of summer it will be possible to feast on them.
Rules for caring for cucumbers in a greenhouse
Growing cucumbers in a greenhouse is an art. In addition to the standard watering and feeding of plants, you also need to know about maintaining the desired temperature, moisture, light.
- In order to always have the required temperature in the greenhouse, you need to ventilate it by opening windows and doors. If the summer is very hot and sunny, then you can tint some glass or sprinkle it with dissolved chalk on the walls.
- The humidity must be sufficient. In the dry season, be sure to water well and spray the foliage. You can purchase a moisture meter for greenhouses.
- Cucumbers love quality watering. You usually need to water in greenhouses twice a week. Watering is carried out at the root, but the water should not be ice-cold.
- It is imperative to loosen the soil of these plants. Start the first loosening a month after transplanting. Then - always, as soon as the ground is trampled down. This must be done carefully so as not to harm the roots.
- Experienced gardeners put a large bucket or barrel of water in a greenhouse, foliage, grass, and manure are poured there. All this should remain so until the fall. Thus, fermentation occurs in the greenhouse by increasing the carbon.
- Good fertilized soil, plant feeding will provide excellent fruiting.
You need to feed correctly at a certain time. Once planted before flowering, the cucumber loves a fertilizer that promotes growth, assimilation of vitamins and resistance to change in location. This is necessary for the plant to adapt and begin to grow actively without stress.
When flowers begin to appear, you can feed with superphosphate, potassium, humate, manganese to accelerate fruiting. You can put manure, bird droppings around.
With the appearance of the first fruits, it is necessary to introduce a means to improve taste, integrity, resistance to adverse conditions. If the plant feeds well, then the vegetables will be tasty and healthy, there will be a lot of them. It is better to feed in the evening, when the sun's rays will not bake too much. It is important not to increase the dosage of fertilizers, otherwise you can destroy the bushes.
Planting the scions in a greenhouse is not as difficult as caring for them. But if you do everything right, then the cucumbers will grow as it should.
Possible diseases and pests
The Connie cucumber variety, like other cultivated plants, is susceptible to certain diseases and the attack of harmful insects.
Aphids, butterflies, bedbugs, caterpillars can overpower plants if no action is taken. For prevention, it is always necessary to make protection. Spraying with any insect repellent is fine. This should be done at least once a month if they are not there.
When pests begin to ruin the crop, it can be seen with the naked eye. The leaves begin to curl, become covered with viscous mucus, spots. Often they move from weeds to cultivated sprouts. Therefore, weeding is very important.
The most common disease in cucumber is fungus. Spots, rot, dullness are formed on the fruits. The reason for this may be bad dew, rain, humidity. For prevention, high-quality watering, ventilation of greenhouses, and regulation of the moisture level in them should be ensured.
If dew is a frequent occurrence in the area, it is better not to plant seedlings in open ground. Sometimes the soil itself is contaminated. This can be seen in the berries and vegetables. They have white wet spots and rot quickly. Removing the source of infection is not easy. But you can spray the soil. In the fight against fungus, potassium permanganate, chamomile infusion, boric acid, soda, copper, zinc are excellent.
In practice, there are very few cases when such a variety is sick. Basically, the hybrid is immune to disease.
What gardeners say
There are reviews of experienced and beginner gardeners who have tried this species. Overall, they are pleased with the harvest and the crunchy taste of early fruits.
The sun is still baking at the height of summer, and Connie is one of the first in the garden to produce a crop. This is the earliest variety. For this they prefer him.
Growing it is quite simple, you just need to fertilize and water the soil on time. The small size allows you to salt in small containers, and the crisp unusual taste leaves no one indifferent.
Unlike other species, they never taste bitter, always sweet and aromatic. They ripen very neatly on branches of almost the same length.
Connie's cucumbers are favorites of summer residents. They can be easily grown in garden beds for crispy, flavorful vegetables. The most important thing is proper care, high-quality fertilization and thorough watering.