Organic Heirloom Open Pollinated Growing Practices:
No Pesticides No Herbicides No Fungicides No Synthetic Fertilizers
Latin Name: Cucumis sativusDays to Maturity: 55-65
Despite subsequent introductions, Marketmore 76 remains the
most widely-planted open-pollinated slicing cuke in the US. The 8-9”
dark green fruits stay green and mild-tasting even under heat stress.
Multiple disease resistances keep plants vigorous and highly productive
across a long picking season.
Disease Resistance: Scab, Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew, Angular Leaf Spot and Anthracnose.
A favorite in cuisine worldwide, cucumbers possess health benefits too
numerous to mention. Incorporate cucumbers in your diet to aid with
weight loss, as they are exceptionally low in calories (only about 8
calories in 1/2 cup), aid digestion, and rid toxins from the body. Among
the more unusual qualities of the humble cuke is its ability to ease
skin irritations. Use a piece of cucumber skin to soothe burns.
| 1 Packet
| 1 Ounce
| 1/2 Pound
| 1 Pound
| 5 Pounds
CULTURE: For the best yields, it is important to provide ideal
growing conditions for cucumbers. If the weather is not warm and dry,
vines grow slow and plants tend to fall prey to disease. Wait to direct
sow or transplant until soil warms. For best germination, keep the soil
lightly moist but not too wet.
TO DIRECT SOW: We recommend raised beds. They improve drainage, warm up
earlier, and increase the root zone depth. Space the groups about 3-4
feet apart in all directions. Under each group of seeds, work 1/2-1 cup
of our complete fertilizer into the soil. After the seed is up and
growing, thin plants.
FOR TRANSPLANTS: Not recommended, but in short-season climates, starting
seed indoors may be necessary. Cucumber transplants don't like their
roots disturbed, so start them in individual 3 1/2 inch peat pots. Fill
pots with a sterile seedling mix. After they've emerged, place the
seedlings in a sunny, warm spot. They should only be about 3 weeks old
when transplanted in the garden. Harden off about a week in a cold frame
if you have one. The entire peat pot can be planted making sure the
entire rim is below the soil line. If any part is above ground, it will
wick moisture away from the roots and weaken plants. Space and fertilize
as described above for direct sowing.
MULCHES & PLANT COVERS: These materials have proven to help plants
grow faster, flower sooner, and yield more fruit. We recommend green or
silver mulch, plus a floating row cover of Grow Guard 20 or Reemay early
in the season to achieve these results.
DISEASE: Where disease is a known problem, choose resistant varieties.
Remove plant refuse and control insect pests. Consult your local county
extension agent for disease specifics.
INSECTS/PESTS: Control striped and spotted cucumber beetles with
Pyrethrin; apply regularly as long as beetles are evident. They
primarily infect plants with bacterial wilt disease, which is
devastating to plants. Keep border areas of the garden mowed.
HARVEST: Keep your cucumbers picked, and they'll keep producing. When
stored at 40°F and 95% relative humidity, they may last up to 3 weeks.
Chickens like big cucumbers.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 80%. Days to maturity are
calculated from the date of direct seeding. Usual seed life: 3 years.
Tips for Growing Cucumbers