Not only very easy to grow, these baseball-sized cucumbers are tender
and extra sweet. The bright lemon yellow fruits are excellent in salads
and for pickling. Try picking them at golf ball size for the best
texture and flavor.
Average: 65 days
Detailed planting instructions:
Cucumbers are very sensitive to cold. They need warm soil and air,
whether direct-seeded or transplanted. Don’t rush to plant too early.
Seed will not germinate if soil temperature is below 50 F, and
germinates only slowly at 68 F.
Direct-seed 1 to 1 ½ inches deep, either in rows (2
inches apart in rows 5 to 6 feet apart) or in hills (3 to 6 seeds per
hill, hills spaced 3 to 5 feet apart).
Thin to 8 to 15 inches apart in rows or 2 to 3 plants
per hill. Snip off plants when thinning to avoid disturbing the roots
of nearby plants.
For early crops, use black plastic mulch and row covers
or other protection to speed warming and protect plants. Direct seed
into holes in plastic. Cucumbers seeded into black plastic usually
produce larger yields, as well earlier ones.
For extra early crops, start plants inside 3 to 5 weeks
before transplanting. Sow 3 seeds per pot in 2-inch pots. Thin to one
or two plants per pot. Grow above 70 F during the day and above 60 F at
night. Be careful when hardening-off plants not to expose them to cold
Plants with one or two true leaves transplant best.
Transplant into black plastic mulch or warm garden soil after danger of
frost has passed and weather has settled. Be careful not to damage
roots when transplanting. If using peat pots, make sure they are
saturated before transplanting and completely buried. If using row
covers, remove when flowers begin to blossom to assure good
For a continuous harvest, make successive plantings
every 2 to 3 weeks until about 3 months before first fall frost date.
About 1 month before first frost, start pinching off new flowers so
plants channel energy into ripening existing fruit.
Most cucumbers have both male and female flowers. The
male flowers blossom first and produce pollen, but no fruit.
Cucumbers are heavy feeders and require fertile soil,
nitrogen fertilizer, and/or additions of high-N organic matter sources.
Pale, yellowish leaves indicate nitrogen deficiency. Leaf bronzing is a
sign of potassium deficiency.
To reduce pest and disease pressure, do not plant
cucumbers where you’ve grown them in the last two years.
Generally the time to
harvest for cucumbers is approximately sixty to seventy days from
planting to harvest. Cucumbers can be picked at anytime there is fruit,
of course depending on the cucumber variety and use of the fruit.
Cucumbers should be picked early in the morning and refrigerated
immediately. The larger a cucumber gets, the more of it's flavor is
lost, becoming bitter and unpalatable. Cucumbers that have turned yellow
are past their peak. Once the first cucumbers are ready to be harvested
cut the vine about a half an inch above the fruit. Harvest all of the
vegetables before maturity to ensure quality fruits and a higher yields.
During harvest time, cucumbers should be picked at least every other
day, with daily harvesting being ideal.
Slice fruit lengthwise and scrape seeds out with spoon. Allow seeds and
jelly-like liquid to sit in jar at room temperature for 3 or 4 days.
Fungus will start to form on top. Stir daily. Jelly will dissolve and
good seeds will sink to bottom while remaining debris and immature seeds
can be rinsed away. Spread seeds on a paper towel or screen until dry.
- Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
- Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
- Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
- Nutritional value: Contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium.