CUCUMBER - Pioneer F1 seeds

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CUCUMBER Pioneer F1 - 10 Seeds

(Hybrid, NON-GMO seeds, coated seeds) 

These are Hybrid seeds, and as such not suitable for seed savings – seeds may be treated to disinfect them from seed-borne or soil-borne pathogenic organisms and storage insects. 

The Pioneer cucumber is an excellent pickling cucumber. This variety is more uniform that other varieties. Pioneer has a dark green skin with a delicious crunchy flesh. This is a heavy yielder of pickling cucumber and grows well. 

It is one of the most reliable cucumbers on the market. It is an excellent choice for home gardens and market growers. This hybrid cucumber variety is resistant to several common cucumber plant diseases such as ALS, Ccu, DM. This in turn will help the plant to remain productive long in the season.


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 vigor and potential yields of cucumbers by providing warmth and insect protection. 

In frost areas, sow under cover 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 temperature above 21°C day and 16°C night with 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 soil is warm, at least 21°C. Cucumber seeds will not germinate at a soil temperature below 14°C. Sow 2 seeds per 30cm. 

Spacing

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. The 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 a seed packet.

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