Cucumber is a tender, warm-season vegetable that
produces well when given proper care and protection. The vines
of standard varieties grow rapidly and require substantial
space. Vertical training methods and new dwarf varieties now
allow cucumbers to be grown for slicing, salads and pickling,
even in small garden plots.
Cucumbers don't do well if roots are disturbed, so it
is best to plant seeds directly in the garden or use deep seed
starting pots if you must start indoors. Plant your seeds in
soil, 2 to 3 weeks after last frost, when soil and air
temperature is at least 60 F. Thin so there are 4 plants per
hill. Cucumbers can also be grown in rows instead of hills,
spacing 24" apart in rows 24 - 36" apart. Trellised plants can
be grown as close as 10" apart. Cucumbers only take 55 to 65
days to maturity, so you can have multiple harvest by growing 2
to 3 weeks apart. Plants grow 1 ft tall and vines spread up to
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IP154 Telegraph Improved ( Greenhouse Cucumber )
Grow cucumbers year round with this variety. Telegraph Improved is one of the most requested open-pollinated greenhouse varieties. It is derived from the original Telegraph Long. Dark green, sleek, 10-14 inch fruit are burpless, mild flavored, and never bitter. The plants will grow up to 8 feet in a greenhouse, are easily trellised, and set fruit without pollination. Performs very well outdoors too.
Telegraph Improved produces excellent crops of dark green cucumbers of perfect shape, but due to the long fruit, they will need to be trellised to achieve perfect shaped fruits. The plant has a long vine and the long narrow cucumbers will curl if they aren't high enough up to dangle. 60 days.
TRN436 Excelsior F1 ( Greenhouse Cucumber )
Grow cucumbers year round with this variety as well. A high yeild pickler for the greenhouse.
Produces dark green, blocky, nicely proportioned, 4-5" cucumbers with American-style spines. Vigorous, balanced plant with consistent fruit setting. Excellent flavor.
Also does well in screen houses, in the field under row cover, or wherever else pollinators are absent. Parthenocarpic and gynoecious. High resistance to scab and target spot; and intermediate resistance to cucumber mosaic virus, cucumber vein yellowing virus, and powdery mildew. 50 days.
SF142 Bush Pickle
Plants Spread Just 2-1/2 to 3 Feet
Compact choice for small gardens or containers! Bears early, white-spined, 5-in. cukes in half the space needed by most vines. Cool, mild flavor. Scab and mosaic-tolerant plants. 45 days.
IP187 Little Potato
Originally from India, this heirloom cucumber is a real treat. Produces nearly round 3" fruits with brown russetted skin (looking like a potato).
It has a delicious lemon flavor and stays crisp in storage.
Matures in about 70 days
BM61 Spacemaster 80 Cucumber
60 days. These dwarf plants produce heavily and are resistant
to cucumber mosaic virus, scab, and moderately resistant to
downy and powdery mildews. The eight inch fruit are good
flavored and not bitter, even when grown in full sun.
NB05 Diva Hybrid
AAS, seedless, burpless, 8", smooth no-peel skin, spineless dark green, crisp non-bitter, sweet, big yield, need no pollination, 58 days.
TRN098 Saladmore Hybrid
AAS, F1 slicer, Perfect compact plant for patio, dark green 8", crisp, mild, sweet, disease resistant, monoecious, 55 days.
TRN407 Mandurian Round
Originating in Asia, this interesting little cucumber (botanically a melon) is a recently discovered Italian delicacy.
The plants are short and squat and do not vine. The fruit produced is round with light and dark green variegated skin, and delicious, crisp, juicy, sweet flesh. Best eaten when no larger than the size of a baseball. 60 days.
TRN099 Green Dragon Hybrid
F1 Burpless, bitter-free, thin skin, shiny green smooth skin, 10 x 1-1/2", resists CMV, scab, mildew, etc,monoecious, 60 days.
Japanese/Oriental, burpless, long thin glossy dark green, few spines, mildew resistant, never bitter,monoecious, 55 days.
IP140 Snow's Fancy Pickling Cucumber
Plant produces good yields of 5" long by 1-1/2" wide pickling type cucumbers. These cucumbers have a nice sweet crunch to them and are great making pickles and for salads too. Pick the fruits as soon as large enough to encourage more fruiting.
This variety was introduced in 1905 by Vaughan's Seed House of Chicago. It was selected by J. C. Snow of the famous Snow Pickle Farm located in Rockford, Illinois. At that time, it fit the requirements for small pickling manufacturing. 55 days.
W169 Arkansas Little Leaf
Compact vine for patio, prolific yield, up to 30 pickles/plant, disease resistant, parthenocarpic (needs no pollinator), 62 days.
3518 Japanese Soarer Cucumber
Valued particularly for its flavor, this Japanese burpless cucumber hybrid is easy to grow and a generous producer of 8" long cucumbers, up to 1" in diameter, with fine white spines and smooth deep-green skin. The vigorous plants tolerate heat very well and resist downy mildew, powdery mildew, anthracnose, and CMV. This variety is suitable for open field growing and has a monoecious flowering habit (plant produces both male and female flowers).
IP047 Natsu Suzumi
Japanese type, 12-14" long, 1-1/2" dia., burpless, small seeds, very sweet, highly disease resistant, heat tolerant, monoecious, 59 days.
TRN283 Tasty Jade Hybrid
Early, slender Japanese cucumbers.
Vigorous, high-yielding plants produce glossy, thin-skinned, 11-12" long fruit with crisp, fresh flavor. Parthenocarpic. Suitable for outdoor or greenhouse culture. Trellis for straight fruit. Intermediate resistance to downy mildew and powdery mildew.
W175 Backyard Pickler
High yielding, midsize green, 4-5", solid, crisp, tiny white spined, superb flavor, monoecious, 54 days.
Russian heirloom, compact bushy 3' vine, eat fresh or pickle, 48 days, Organic.
W177 Crystal Apple
Matures to apple shape, tender, creamy white skin, mild flavor, great eaten fresh, prolific, 65 days.
SF194 Beit Alpha F1
Delicious Middle Eastern salad type, small, tender, non-bitter, spineless, very tasty, great for snacks, 65 days.
SF193 Patio Snacker
F1 hybrid, "Fast food from your patio" and healthier than a burger, 8 x 1½", great flavor, high yield, short 4' vine, 39 days.
IP173 Early Spring Burpless Cucumber
Excellent choice for container gardening and small gardens as they take up little space and grow in just about any enviroment. These long, slender cukes offer a crisp, mild, bitter-free and burpless bite all season long. Firm and easy to peel, they should become your cucumber of choice.
Expect Early Spring Burpless to reach 8 to 12 inches long in no time. For straight fruit, stake them on a cucumber support. Or, if you like the look of curly cukes, let them grow on the ground, where they'll twist up.
These burpless cucumbers are known for their tasty, non-astringent flesh, small seed cavity, and crisp, thin skin that never needs peeling. 52 days.
W178 Poinsett 76
(Green Gem), Long, old fashioned type, heat tolerant, resists mildew, great in South and mid-Atlantic, developed at Clemson, 60 days.
W179 Poona Kherra
Unusual smooth russet brown skin when mature, crisp sweet yellow-green flesh, high yield, Indian native, 53 days.
IP169 Cucamelon ( Melothria scabra )
Tiny 1½" light green, dark striped, crispy white flesh has cucumber-like flavor with lemony tartness and a touch of lime, this is a fascinating little novelty plant for any gardener.
Cucamelons can be grown the same way as regular cucumbers, only they are far easier. They only need some type of support to climb on and suffer from very few pests. Sow the seed from April to May indoors and plant out when all risk of frost is over. Give them a support the scramble over, keep well watered and that is pretty much all you will need to do to enjoy a large harvest.
This plant is native to Mexico and Central America, where it is called sandiita (little watermelon). It is believed to have been a domesticated crop before western contact began.
W180 Very Cool
Deep green 9", compact, well suited for patio container, 59 days.
TRN430 West Indian Gherkin ( Cucumis anguria )
Not a true cucumber, this heirloom arrived in the U.S. from Jamaica in 1793. Originally of African origin, the large vines have leaves very similar to watermelons, while the fruits are short, plump and prickly.
A very unique fruit with a distinct gherkin flavor. Great for pickling. These are one of the old-time favorites among heirloom gardeners because of their productivity and multiple uses in the kitchen, plus their pest-free maintenance.
Their flavor is mild and resembles cucumbers (when young), without the strong bitterness of some common cucumbers. You can eat them raw or pickled, or even cooked like zucchini.
They an aggressive vine with smallish leaves that are lobed like a miniature watermelon leaf. The short, three-inch, plump fruit are round, firm, and covered with blunt spines.
These plants are prolific and drought-tolerant, and show no sign of any of the many cucumber plant diseases or pests.
The flavor is similar to that of the common cucumber. Fruits are popular in the northeast and north of Brazil, where they are an ingredient in the local version of cozido ( meat-and-vegetable stew ).
Excellent pickling cucumber. Early, large yields, bitter free, strong disease package, parthenocarpic (self pollinating).
TRN432 Parisian Gherkin
An excellent, 2 to 4 inch mini cucumber that can be picked at midget or small stage for pickling. Numerous black spined fruits can also be enjoyed fresh in salads and slaws. Crisp with a sweet flavor.
Semi-vining plants can be grown in the garden or in staked patio containers. Very easy-to-grow, produces quickly and is resistant to Scab, CMV and tolerant to Powdery Mildew.
W170 Boothby Blonde
Unique stubby, oval, plump, yellow Maine heirloom, delicate sweet flavor, useful in patio
pots, 63 days.
AAS, F1, semi dwarf, excellent for small gardens or patio tub, disease resistant,
monoecious, 63 days.
TRM331 Asian Lucky Dance
This cucumber is very popular in Southern Asia. It has the unique white and green color-type familiar in that area. The fruit can grow to 2" in diameter and about 6" long. The flesh is very crisp and firm and perfect for fresh eating. 57 days.
VS210 Patio King
An excellent cucumber for growing in
containers or small sized gardens. Produces numerous 6-8" long
fruits in only 62 days. Short vine variety.
2928 Miniature White Cucumber
Great miniature yellowish-white eating cucumber. Sweet flavor,
no need to peel. Very productive, vines rarely exceed 3' in
length. Fruits are best eaten raw when they are under 3" long.
Extremely popular. 50-55 days.
2926 Japanese Climbing Cucumber
Introduced to American gardeners in 1892 by Thorburn from seed
they obtained from Japan. Vigorous growth, strong grasping
tendrils, the best variety we offer for trellises, wire
netting, brush or fences. Fruits are 7-9" long by 3" in
diameter, light green and of fine quality for both slicing or
pickling. Plants continue to bear all season, if consistently
picked clean. 58-65 days. Seeds from SSE.
IP085 Pick A Bushel Hybrid
Plant your own pickle factories.
Be prepared to be pick lots of cukes from these compact plants. The medium green, white-spined fruits are sweet, firm and crisp, ready to pick only 50 days from sowing at 3 inch gherkin size for great pickles or left to grow to 6 inch length for slicing fresh in salads.
The semi-bush vines grow only 24 inches long, so they are well-suited for growing in patio containers as well as the garden. Plants have excellent heat tolerance and disease resistances to CMV, Scab and MMV. 50 days.
2751 Northern Pickling Cucumber
Early and prolific for short-season gardens. Heavy yields of
quality, 3-5 uniform cukes, perfect for pickling. (50-55
2752 Suyo Long Chinese Cucumber
Remarkable Chinese variety produces large quantities of long,
curvaceous fruits. Spiny skin protects the delicious, crispy,
non-bitter flesh. Always a favorites in our taste tests. Almost
seedless, the fruits are burpless, crisp, and tender. (60-70
VS190 Bitter Free Burpless Cucumber ( Hybrid )
Excellent cuke for hot, humid areas. Strong vines with
tolerance to mosaic virus produce 10" x 2" slender fruits with
dark green skins. An excellent burpless cucumber that is also
1A029 Southern Homemade Pickles
An especially fine
cucumber for pickling. Harvest when 1-2 inches long for tiny
sweets or when 5-6 inches for robust dills or spears. Very
prolific cuke that produce solid, crisp pickles.
IP079 Long China (degli Ortolani)
A wonderful Cucumber producing a typical fruit up to 14-18inches long. Wonderful flavor, sweet. Also known as 'Delle Cine' this is one of the finest restaurant and market quality non-hybrid Asian cucumbers. Mid-Early variety that has white spines and a beautiful light green color. Very crisp texture and mild flavor make it a winner for both home and market. 58 days.
IP080 Armenian Tortarello Abruz
This Italian strain of Armenian cucumber is a great find, and like all Armenians a closely related 'cousin' of cucumbers and melons. Picked when the size of a traditional cucumber it is indistinguishable from the finest of cukes. Let it grow and it gets a lot larger yet is still good eating. We have fallen in love with its long curves and tasty unique flavor. 62 days.
Heirloom.60 days. AAS winner. An
early cucumber that bears prolific, smooth, straight, dark
green fruit that is 8” long and 2” wide. Tolerant
of mosaic virus. A good home garden variety that can be used
for pickling as well as slicing.
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2019 Lemon Apple
60 days The shape size and color of
a lemon! But the flavor is crisp like an apple, sweet and mild!
This heirloom was introduced in 1894, and is still a favorite
IP033 Tokiwa Japanese Cucumber
Fruits are 1-1/2" x 12" in size with deep green and low spine skin. The plant grows well without supports in sunny and mild climates. A high yielder.
SF149 Tasty Queen Hybrid Japanese Cucumber
One of the best hybrid Oriental cucumbers developed in Japan. The plant produces many female flowers and fruits for a long time. Slender fruits (1-1/2" x 8") are very crispy and delicious. This variety has been one of the best sellers from our customers since we introduced a few years ago. Plants grow very well in greenhouse and open field with supports, from spring through fall.
SF150 Tasty King Hybrid Japanese Cucumber
A slightly larger but delicious companion cuke to Tasty Queen. F1, 10-12" long green, burpless, very sweet, monoecious, 62 days.
JF156 Ninja Oriental Cucumber
Ninja is one of the most popular cucumbers in Thailand and South-Eastern Asia. This
variety is very vigorous and produces lots of straight uniform fruits. Cylindrical fruits in
light green color are crisp, non-bitter and have a long shelf life, good for long
transportation and storage. Medium size cucumbers are well known for their straight
uniform appearance, 2" x 9" and 10-12 Oz.. Plants start to set fruits, 35 days after sowing,
and continue to produce cucumbers for a long time. An excellent variety for home
gardens and commercial growing.
IP122 Caigua ( Exploding Cucumber ) Cyclanthera pedata
This is one of the most interesting plants we have found. It is a climbing member of the cucumber family that can be used as a vegetable in salads, or steamed, it has a nice sweet flavor. It is also an herbal plant, the fruit has anti-inflammatory, weight reducing ( it is often sold in capsule form as a natural weight loss product ), lipid-absorbing, cholesterol and blood sugar regulating affects.
Can easily be grown in the garden, on a fence or trellis. It is an annual plant. One of the most interesting aspects of the plants is that when ripe, the fruits become spring-loaded missile devices, splitting and turning themselves inside-out to launch their seeds up to 5-6 feet away into the garden. This is quite the conversation plant.