This study by e-Gro provides a baseline reference for growers interested in grafting seedless cucumber and for high tunnel production.
Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is one of the most important vegetables produced and consumed in the United States. In the midwestern United States, a major obstacle to spring cucumber production is low soil temperatures during plant establishment, and high tunnels have become a popular tool for season extension of vegetable production.
Grafting is a cultural practice known to help control soilborne diseases and improve plants’ tolerance to abiotic stresses. Recent studies found that using grafted cucumber plants with cold-tolerant rootstocks greatly benefited early season seedless cucumber production in high tunnels.