Can you plant different varieties of cucumbers on the same trellis?

Asked May 13, 2020, 10:36 PM EDT

We grow veggies for Produce for People and were given several cucumber starts of various kinds. Not enough of the same to fill our trellis but we'd like to plant them together if we can. I know that any seeds produced from this year's harvest could produce weird cucumbers but I'm only concerned with successfully growing healthy, tasty cucumbers for this season.

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. I think your concern about planting cucumbers close to each other is a hybrid and genetic one. Here is a general Extension article about good practices: https://extension.umn.edu/vegetables/growing-cucumbers Of more importance, however, Is that of space. The cucurbits are a family that need lots of space. Vertically and horizontally to get sun, and enough depth (soil) so that their roots can absorb water and nutrients. If you crowd them, they compete for those. And the additional shade between them invites insects and diseases. So, spacing is important. Here is an OSU publication with spacing recommendations: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/em9027 Good luck!