Cucumber seed help

YourRabbitGirl

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Hey;

Usually I buy started cucumber plants because I only need a couple of them (literally I buy a 4 pack and that's plenty of cucumbers for us). So given the times I'm forced to start them from seeds this year and its Marketmore 76.

Do they need to be kept warm to get germination? They'll be in the basement in the mid 60's and under a decent amount of lighting.

Honestly as long as I can get them started with few leaves at the time I transplant them I'll be happy. I'd rather not have to start them outside if I can help it so figured I'd ask.
If both soil and air temperatures are optimal, the cucumber seeds can germinate in 7 to 10 days. If the soil and air temperatures are greater than the equilibrium values, or if the optimal temperature levels are at the greater extreme, then the cucumber seeds can take longer to germinate.
 

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Although I start all members of the gourd family (including cucumbers) as transplants, I do so because my intent is to collect mature seed. Cucumbers take much longer to ripen, than they do to reach the immature stage at which they are usually eaten - so for seed, every day gained counts. If not saving seed, transplants should not be necessary, unless poor weather/soil conditions occur which prevent direct seeding.

That being said... A few transplants are still handy, to fill blank spots in the event of poor germination, or to replace plants lost to pests or weather. Those backups have saved my bacon more than once.
 
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