Sikkim cucumbers are a vining plant and trellising or some sort of support is advisable - if growing on the ground use of a straw or wood chip mulch is a good idea.
They bloom in late spring and mature in 60 - 65 days.
They are heavy feeders and thrive in rich soil full of organic matter. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers which which encourage lush foliage at the expense of the fruit.
They also require plenty of moisture. Mulching, whether trellised or not, is advisable to retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.
Harvest should commence once they are about 4-8 inches long and should continue till the onset of winter. If allowed to remain on the vine too long, they tend to become woody and unpalatable.
The cucumbers will sometimes remain hidden in the lush foliage despite the color difference, so look closely.
See Also Cucumber Planting Guide.
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