CUCUMBER Heirloom Mix - 45 Seeds
3 Varieties, 3 Separate packets with sowing instructions
This is a great value purchase of multiple POPULAR Heirloom Cucumber varieties.
You will receive 15 seeds of each of the following variety in a separate pack along with prorogation notes.
1.Cucumber LEMON (15 Seeds): This unusual, eye-catching lemon-sized cucumber has excellent flavour and is a great slicer or pickler. Bright yellow skin, with a white to the light yellow interior. It’s a burpless variety, making it delicious eaten with the skin and all, just like you would an apple. A gardener’s favourite, but hard to find in grocery stores, so grow some at home!
2.Cucumber POINSETT (15 Seeds): CUCUMBER ‘Poinsett’ was released in 1976 by Dr. Munger of Cornell. One of the best slicing cucumbers for salads. Longer, blocky straight cucumbers that are perfect for the market. 6-8" long cucumbers are born on very disease-resistant vines. Resistant to downy mildew, powdery mildew, scab, angular leaf spot and anthracnose.
3.Cucumber STRAIGHT EIGHT (15 Seeds): Introduced 1935, and that every year won the All-American Selections (AAS) Award! The Straight Eight Cucumber produces remarkably uniform, straight, dark green, 8-inch-long, 2.5-inch-wide fruits, boasting a small seed cavity, with crisp fine-grained flesh and exceptional flavour. Perfect for slicing, salads, or dipping, and can be ground to make dill or sweet relish. Tolerant to mosaic. Highly dependable, high yielding cucumber. 57-65 days to maturity.
Care and Growing Instructions
Cucumber requires warm, well-drained soil high in fertility, with a pH of 6–6.8. Consistent, adequate irrigation is needed to produce an abundant crop. Cucumbers are very sensitive to cold. Make sure both soil and air temperatures have warmed prior to planting. Using plastic mulch and row covers will greatly enhance the vigour and potential yields of cucumbers by providing warmth and insect protection.
In frost areas, sow undercover in seed trays in early spring. Plant out after last frosts. Sow indoors in 16-cell plug trays about 5-6mm deep, 1–2 seeds/cell, 3–4 weeks before transplanting. Keep the temperature above 21°C days and 16°C night with a heat pad underneath plug trays. Transplant 30cm apart. Do not disturb roots when transplanting.
In frost-free areas sow directly into the soil in early spring. However, wait until the soil is warm, at least 21°C. Cucumber seeds will not germinate at a soil temperature below 14°C. Sow 2 seeds per 30cm.
Single Plants: 60cm each way (minimum)
Rows: 60cm with 60cm row gap (minimum)
Support plants well so they can climb upwards, even when the cucumbers get large. This also protects the cucumbers from slugs. Occasionally a plant can produce very bitter cucumbers so always test a bit before serving to others!
When flowers start forming, feed with slow release potassium-rich organic fertilizer. Fortnightly liquid feed from mid-summer.
Once fruit bearing begins, pick daily. Cut the cucumbers off the plant when they are still quite young, otherwise the skin becomes hard and will need peeling. More cucumbers will then be produced.
Propagation notes will be supplied with seed packet.
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