Before you start growing cucumbers, here are few things you need to know about these plants. Cucumbers are members of the Cucurbitaceae family. Cucumbers are climbing vines so once you grow them, they will grow up higher and higher. Cucumbers have two types of flower: male and female. The female ones have tiny cucumbers at their bottom. Cucumbers love a warm, well-drained soil. Cucumbers can be eaten fresh (slicing varieties), or pickled (pickling varieties). The pickling varieties can grow up to 7 – 10 cm long and 2.5 wide, while the slicing ones can grow even bigger (up to 35 cm). It is recommended to highly consider growing cucumbers and put them in your daily diet since their properties will help you improve the health of your skin, hair and nails.