- Botanical Name
- Cucumis sativus
- 1 to 6 feet
- 1 to 6 feet
- Mid summer to early fall: yellow
- Wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors
- Full sun
- Moist, well-drained, fertile
- Planting & Care
- Cucumbers grow best and thrive in warm temperatures. Ideal soil temperature for germination and growth is between 65F and 90F.
- Direct sow when danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed. Sow seeds 1 to 11/2 deep, 2 inches apart in rows spaced 5 to 6 feet apart.
- Thin plants to 8 to 15 inches apart. Or plant in hills. Sow 3 to 6 seeds per hill, space hills 3 to 5 feet apart. Thin to 2 to 3 plants per hill.
- For an earlier harvest, start plants indoors 3 to 4 weeks before the last frost date and transplant outdoors when the soil has warmed. Sow 2 to 3 seeds per peat pot or other small container. Thin to one plant per container. Space transplants 1 to 2 feet apart in rows 5 to 6 feet apart.
- Successive plant every 2 to 3 weeks until about 3 months before the first frost date for a continual harvest
- Trellis to save space and improve air circulation
- Adequate moisture is important to cucumber growth
- Mulch the soil to retain moisture and suppress weeds
- Cucumber beetles, aphids, squash vine borer, bacterial wilt, powdery mildew, cucumber mosaic virus
- Burpless - long fruit, good for trellising
- Straight 8 - All-America Selections winner, 8" straight fruit
- Fanfare - All-America Selections winner, good disease resistance, high yield
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