Cucumber

 

Cucumber Greenhouse

Sow seed in February or early March for heated greenhouses and late April for unheated greenhouses. A temperature of 21 - 27C (70 or 80F) will be required for germination and good seedling development. Plant in 25cm (10") pots or two per growbag during late March to early April (heated) or end of May for unheated greenhouses. A difficult crop with many fungal and bacterial infections possible. Great care is needed as unfortunately many are incurable. But when everything goes well there is a mouth-watering prospect of about twenty 45cm (18") long cucumbers from each plant.

DIANA F1 Hybrid (ALL FEMALE)
High yielding greenhouse variety. Early maturing with excellent disease resistance. Uniform, slightly ribbed fruits borne in abundance.

SUPRAMI F1 Hybrid (ALL FEMALE)
An excellent variety with very early vigour. High yields of smooth, dark green fruit which keep well.

HANA F1 Hybrid (ALL FEMALE)
High quality short fruit are produced from this early and prolific variety. Can be grown with or without heat.

LA DIVA
Produces mini-cucumbers 15cm (6") long which are bitterfree and seedless. Flesh is tender crisp and sweet. Plants have good disease resistance and are suitable for outdoor and indoor use.

KING GEORGE
This popular variety produces long dark green cucumbers and is very popular on the show bench. King George has a sweet taste and a small seed core. The male flowers should be removed.

TELEGRAPH IMPROVED
Outstanding open pollinated variety. Seed produced from specially selected plants.

CRYSTAL LEMON
The little yellow, lemon-shaped fruits are a popular novelty variety with both adults and children. Quick growing and prolific, this variety continues to fruit until first frosts.

BOSTON PICKLING
Our chosen replacement for Early Russian - and we consider an improvement. The fruits are very small 10cm (4"), tender and tasty. Can be used fresh or pickled.

Cucumber Outdoors

Sow indoors at the end of April and plant out in early June or sow direct at the end of May to early June. Plant 60cm (2ft) apart each way, in a sunny sheltered position which has been well manured. May need protection during spells of inclement weather. Keep well watered in dry weather and liquid feed regularly once fruit starts to swell.

 

BURPLESS TASTY GREEN F1 Hybrid
Outdoor variety, early and productive. Fruit is not bitter and flavour is good.

NATSUHIKARI F1 Hybrid
Easy to grow indoors or out. Fruits are glossy, dark green and slightly spined. Very productive and very sweet.