Cucumber cultivation under plastic covers - economic results
Piotr Siwek, Maria Lipowiecka
Department of Vegetable Crops and Horticultural Economics
Faculty of Horticulture, Agricultural University in Kraków
29 Listopada 54, 31-425 Kraków, Poland
Studies aimed at diminishing the negative effect of climate on growth, yielding and
profitability of cucumber cultivation by application of various types of
covers. Four kinds of cover were used for a tunnel, as well as three additional
kinds of thermal insulation, six different dimensions of tunnels, 3 kinds of
mulch, and 4 types of direct shading were tested. The highest yields were
obtained for ‘Marinda F1’ cucumber in plastic tunnels, where soil
was mulched with colourless or black polyethylene film. The lowest yield was
produced by crops shaded directly with perforated film. Increase in yields,
including commercial yields and its earliness resulted in the increase in
commercial production value, which covered additional costs incurred by covers.
The gross margin of 2.42 PLN per m2 was obtained, being three times
greater than in the cultivation without covers.
Siwek P., Lipowiecka M., 2004. Cucumber cultivation under plastic covers - economic results. Folia
Horticulturae 16/2: 49-55.