Introduction

The cucumber is a widely-cultivated gourd fruit originating in South Asia that grows on thick vines, producing vegetables that have a mild taste, are hydrating, and fairly high in vitamin K. Two common ways of eating them include slicing and pickling.

Detailed Care Instructions

CULTURE: Requires warm, sandier soil high in fertility, with a slightly acidic profile. You will need to water the plants regularly.  As cucumbers are a warm-season crop, they are very sensitive to cold. Make sure both soil and air temperatures have warmed prior to planting. Using plastic mulch and row covers will greatly enhance the vigor and potential yields of cucumbers by providing warmth and insect protection.


TRANSPLANTING: Transplant 12" apart in rows 5–6' apart. Do not disturb roots when transplanting.


DISEASES: Practice crop rotation and remove plant reside. Control insect pests to prevent bacterial wilt.


INSECT PESTS: Exclude cucumber beetles with row covers at planting, or control with insecticides such as pyrethrin or azadirachtin.


HARVEST: Once fruit bearing begins, it is best to pick them daily.


STORAGE: Cucumbers should be refrigerated after harvest, and can be kept for about two weeks in the fridge.

Adapted from Johnny's Selected Seeds.

Our Varieties

Cucumbers

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H-19 Little Leaf

Broad disease resistance and stress tolerance.

Plant Attributes

Fruit Size

Suggested Use

Days to Maturity after Transplanting

Disease resistance, small leaves, easy harvest

3'" to 5"

Pickling, Fresh Eating

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Long, slender, dark green cucumbers.

Plant Attributes

Fruit Size

Suggested Use

Days to Maturity after Transplanting

Long yield season

8" to 9"

Slicing

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