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Growing Tips: Cucumbers are a warm weather crop, very sensitive to frost. In the Northeast, plant slicers from late May to mid-June and pickles up to mid-July. If planting earlier in cooler weather, protect plants with row covers or plastic tunnels. Pick fruit regularly for a continuous yield. Some of our varieties are gynoecious (mostly female), and have been carefully blended with enough pollinator seed to provide ample pollen for good production.
Growing Cukes on a Trellis: The vining varieties of cucumbers can easily be trained to grow up a trellis. This method not only takes up less space, it generally produces greater yields. Anchor the trellis at planting so roots will not be disturbed. Space plants 6" apart in a straight row. When about 1/3 grown, the tendrils on the vines will grasp the trellis and vines will climb without assistance. Cucumbers grow long and straight, getting better air circulation and more even sunlight. And, damage to the vines during harvesting is minimized. We recommend Burpless 26, Sweet Success, Diva and Sweet Slice for trellis growing.
Fresh Market Grower Tips:
Cucumbers are easy to grow, quick to mature, and familiar to customers, so they help to generate cash flow throughout the summer season. While straight, shiny,
dark green slicing cucumbers are still a staple at farm markets, customers are expanding their tastes to include long, tender-skinned Asian cucumbers. Other
customers visit farm stands seeking pickling cucumbers for home canning. When choosing which varieties to grow, consider the variety’s disease resistance and fruit set habit. Gynoecious cucumber varieties produce mainly female flowers, which brings heavy production over a short time span, while monoecious varieties bear both male and female flowers and spread their fruit set over a longer period of time. If you grow in a greenhouse or in an area with few pollinators, choose a parthenocarpic (self-pollinating) variety, which needs no insects for pollination. Wherever you grow, plant several plantings in succession to ensure a steady supply from early summer until frost.
Cucumber plants are quite tender, and early spring plantings should be protected from frost and wind. Since they also prefer warm temperatures, Hot Kaps, row covers or the plastic tunnels can serve both purposes. All plantings benefit from plastic mulch, and supplemental water is helpful if fruits approach harvest during a dry season. Cucumbers are insect pollinated crops; yields are enhanced by adding bee hives.
Maturity dates are from direct field seeding and should be used for variety comparison only.
Average Seed Count: 50 per packet; 1000/Oz.; 16,000/Lb. (unless otherwise noted)