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One of the best “representatives” of the Dutch selection is the Merengue cucumber

cucumber meringue The Merenga cucumber is one of the most popular varieties of the Dutch selection, enjoying the well-deserved love of many Russian summer residents and vegetable growers. The reasons for the popularity of the variety lie in unpretentiousness to growing conditions, resistance to many diseases, as well as a consistently high yield of tasty, crunchy cucumbers, which, even when overripe, do not become bitter.

Meringue cucumber – description and characteristics of the variety

Dutch cucumber Merengue belongs to the varieties of the Dutch selection, bred by the specialists of the company “Monsanto”. The Dutch Meringue cucumber seeds are produced by the Seminis company. The variety belongs to parthenocarpic (self-pollinated), therefore it is excellent for growing both in open ground and in greenhouse conditions..

In 2007, Merenga was entered in the State Register of Russia and zoned for cultivation in all regions of Russia. The variety has become widespread among vegetable growers all over the world due to the excellent yield and taste of gherkins, attractive appearance and versatility of use in cooking..

Characteristics of Meringue cucumber:

  1. Bushes are tall, with few lashes.
  2. The leaf plates are small, slightly pubescent, bright green in color.
  3. Inflorescences are female, saturated yellow, up to 4-5 in each node.
  4. Fruits are smooth, cylindrical, without curvature, with minor thorns. The peel is dark green in the area of ​​the leg and lighter in the inflorescence.
  5. The average length of a ripe cucumber is up to 9-12 cm, weight is up to 90-120 g.
  6. Cucumbers contain a minimal amount of seeds, but they all do not carry parental characteristics..
  7. The pulp has a pleasant, sweet taste. The variety is not prone to yellowing and bitterness even when overripe.

high-yielding variety

The yield of Meringue cucumbers depends on the growing conditions. On open beds, you can harvest up to 11-13 kg, in greenhouse conditions – up to 14-16 kg of yield from each m². The first greens can be harvested 38-40 days after germination.

Growing Meringue Cucumbers

cultivation of Meringue cucumbersThe technology of growing Meringue cucumbers involves the use of two methods – direct and seedling. In the first case, the seeds of the hybrid are sown directly into the ground, in the second case, preliminary cultivation of seedlings is required. Direct sowing saves the grower energy and time, the seedling method allows you to harvest the first crop 10-15 days earlier.

Meringue cucumbers grow best in clay, loose, well-drained soil with a sufficient amount of organic matter. The optimal acidity level is within 5-5.8 pH.

The best “predecessors” for the hybrid will be tomatoes, potatoes, onions, cabbage or bell peppers. If other varieties of cucumbers were grown in the beds, you can start sowing Merengi only after 4-5 years..

Direct sowing of seeds

Meringue cucumber seedsMeringue cucumber seeds can be purchased at any gardening store. Collecting seed from hybrids is not possible, so every year the gardener will have to buy new seeds. You can start sowing seeds from the first days of May to the end of June..

Before sowing, it is advisable to fertilize the site with humus or a mixture of superphosphate and nitrogen (45 and 25 g per 1 m²). Fertilizers can be applied while digging the soil or simply scattered over the melting snow.

sowing cucumbers

Direct seeding technique:

  1. In the selected area, prepare holes up to 3 cm deep, leaving a distance of 13-15 cm between them.Row spacing should be at least 50 cm.
  2. Place 2-4 seeds in each hole, deepening by 2-3 cm.
  3. Backfill planting holes and cover them with spunbond or plastic wrap to create a greenhouse effect.

The polyethylene shelter needs to be removed from time to time, ventilated and watered. After the appearance of the first pair of true leaves, the strongest and healthiest sprouts should be left, and the weak ones should be thinned.

Growing seedlings

sowing cucumbers for growing seedlingsMost often, Meringue cucumbers are grown in seedlings. This allows you to shorten the growing season, stimulate the fruiting of the crop..

Sowing seeds for seedlings:

  1. Sort the seeds and soak in a solution of the drug Kornevin, Epin or another growth stimulator.
  2. As a container, you can choose plastic cups or containers no more than 10-15 cm high.You can also use peat cassettes or tablets.
  3. Prepare a nutritious substrate by mixing turf soil with humus, sawdust and peat.
  4. Additionally, prepared soil can be mixed with nitroammophos or wood ash (1 tbsp. L. Per 5 kg of substrate). This will increase its fertile qualities and accelerate seed germination..
  5. Deepen the seeds into the substrate no more than 2 cm and cover the container with plastic wrap or glass.
  6. The seedlings should remain under the plastic until the first true leaves appear. From time to time it needs to be moistened from a spray bottle with warm, settled water..

In 27-30 days after the appearance of the first true leaves, the matured seedlings can be transplanted to an open bed. The seedlings must have at least 4 strong real leaves.

seedlings of cucumbers7-8 days before transplanting, you need to harden the sprouts. To do this, they are taken out daily to a balcony or street and left for several hours, gradually increasing the hardening time. In central Russia, planting seedlings in the garden is carried out from May 10-15.

Rules for caring for Meringue cucumbers

growing cucumbers on a trellisTo obtain a rich harvest, Meringue cucumbers need to be provided with high-quality and regular care. First of all, they need timely loosening of the beds and weeding, adherence to the irrigation and feeding regime.

The main stages of cucumber care:

  1. Merengue needs regular loosening of the soil, which improves the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the root system. The first loosening can be carried out immediately after rooting of seedlings and germination of 2-3 leaves. You need to loosen the soil around the bushes and the aisle, trying not to damage the roots of the plant.cucumber seedling care
  2. Before the beginning of the flowering phase, cucumbers are watered daily under the root with warm and settled water, pouring at least 3 liters of water under each bush. During flowering and fruit formation, the amount of water doubles.
  3. Meringue is very sensitive to feeding, which can be both organic and complex mineral. It is best to use slurry, poultry manure solution, potassium nitrate. Fertilizers should be applied every 15-20 days. You can not use compounds that contain chlorine – it inhibits the development and growth of cucumber leaves.bountiful harvest
  4. Meringue cucumber bushes need to be shaped, otherwise they suffer from a lack of sunlight. As a result, their fruiting deteriorates. It is very important to regularly pinch and pinch the plant – in an adult bush, side shoots and flowers are removed at a height of 55-60 cm, pinching is carried out for lashes longer than 140-150 cm.the formation of cucumber bushes

Merengue is a Dutch selection of cucumbers that is well-deservedly popular among Russian summer residents and farmers. It attracts attention with its unpretentiousness to growing conditions, good resistance to diseases and pests, consistently high yields both in the beds and in greenhouses..

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