If you are like me, you’re growing cucumbers this summer and you need to answer the question: how much water do cucumbers need a day?
This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about how much water cucumbers need a day.
How Much Water Cucumber Plants Need Per Day
The fast answer is that cucumber plants need 1-2 inches of water per week, and that water needs to be somewhat consistent.
It’s best if it’s spread out over time rather than the cucumber plants getting all the water at one time. When you water deeply a couple of times a week, ensuring you thoroughly water the root zone, you help your cucumbers grow successfully.
Cucumber Plants Grown In Sandy Soil
If you have sandy soil, you may need to water more than one inch per week because the water will leach out of your soil faster than other soils.
Sandy soils drain quickly, and may even choose to irrigate cucumber plants to be sure they are getting consistent water.
Cucumber Plants Grown in Clay Soil
Clay soil will hold moisture for a longer period than sandy soils.
Therefore, the water you give your cucumber plants will stay in place better than it will in sandy soil.
How to Be Sure Your Cucumber Plants Get Enough Water
There are a couple of ways you can make sure your cucumber plants get enough water.
You first need to make sure the cucumber plants receive lots of water, and then you need to be sure they KEEP the water you give them.
Make Sure Cucumbers Get Enough Water
To make sure your cucumbers get enough water, you can water using various methods.
Each method of watering cucumber plants has pros and cons, so choose the one that is right for your situation.
Drip Irrigation for Watering Cucumber Plants
Drip irrigation allows you to water right at the base of the plant.
You can also use a soaker hose to keep the soil moist and high moisture level in your soil.
This ensures that you aren’t wasting water and that you don’t get water or plant debris from the ground splashing back onto the plants.
Leaf diseases can spread when water splashes from the soil onto the plant’s leaves, and drip irrigation reduces that.
Overhead Watering for Water Cucumber Plants
Overhead watering can cause splash back from the soil, BUT it is the easiest way to water when you are first starting out.
You can always do your best to keep the water from splashing, and you can reduce the amount of water on the leaves. That can help tremendously.
If you have a real issue with splashing back from overhead watering but can’t water any other way, you can succession plant new cucumber seedlings. You’ll then rip out the old plants as they succumb to disease without losing your crops.
Succession Planting When Overhead Watering
As mentioned, one thing you can do if you must overhead water is to succession plant more cucumber seedlings a couple of months after your first planting.