Updated on April 14, 2013

2013 Cucumbers and Gherkins
(Squash Family)

[  Cucumbers (Slicing)  |  Cucumbers (Pickling)  ]
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Cucumber culture:  Culture is the same as for muskmelons. Plant 3 to 5 seeds per hill in hills 3 feet apart. Packets contain 25 to 35 seeds.

2013 CUCUMBERS - Slicing Varieties

Slicing varieties are predominantly used for fresh slicing, especially in salads.

Athens:  75 days.  Very large, dark green slicer. Superb quality. Pkt. $2.00 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Bedfordshire Prize:  65 days.  A good 10 inch green slicing cucumber. High and continuous yields. An excellent English variety. (Unavailable for 2013)

Beit Alpha:  56 days.  Straight, thick, tender fruit, medium green skin, mild. Pkt. $1.50

Black Diamond:  67 days.  Old-fashioned green cucumber with a long history introduced in 1920. Pkt. $1.50 OG

Burpee's Sunnybrook Early:  60 days.  9 to 11 inch dark green, white spine cucumbers. Pkt. $1.50 OG

Burpless Tendergreen:  70 days.  Light green with white spines, average 10 inches long, slight blocky shape. Pkt. $1.50

Delikatesse:  60 days.  Medium green, 8 to 10 inch slicer. Superb, semi-burpless type. Pkt. $1.50

Glorie de Paris:  65 days.  Terrific yielder of 12 to 15 inch long, very uniform, blocky slicing cucumber. Fruits can get quite large and still remain relatively seed free. (Unavailable for 2013)

Greek:  60 days.  Very productive and tasty. Not a real dark color and doesn't look like traditional type, but excellent quality. My favorite for refrigerator pickles, no need to peel, mild all the way through. This one does not make good canned pickles. Pkt. $2.00

Japanese Climbing:  63 days.  A very uniform, dark green slicer type. High yields. Pkt. $1.50 OG

Lemon:  60 days.  Super tasty globe shaped lemon colored skin. I like to take them whole in my lunch. Skin is not bitter. Pkt. $1.50

Longfellow:  67 days.  Long, 12 to 15 inch green American type slicing cucumber. Remains edible when larger than most. Introduced in 1927. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Marketer:  62 days.  Introduced in 1943, slender, smooth tapered, dark green, long harvest period. Pkt. $1.50

Metki White Armenian:  75 days.  Actually a muskmelon by species. Used as a cucumber, long, pale skinned fruits. Pkt. $1.50

Mirella:  70 days.  A very nice, blocky, Middle Eastern type burpless, thin-skinned cucumber. Not the best in fusarium resistance, but superb for eating. Pkt. $1.50 OG

Straight Nine:  60 days.  An improved version of Straight Eight, more tolerant to drought and downy and powdery mildew. Green in color. (SOLD OUT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2013 SEASON)

Tokiwa:  70 days.  Very large slicer, uniform in shape, very tasty. Very closely resembles a seedless greenhouse cucumber. Fruits remain in superb eating condition even when they get very large. Excellent source for anyone growing for farmers' markets. (Unavailable for 2013)

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2013 Cucumbers - Pickling Varieties

These varieties are best used for making pickles.

Armstrong Early Cluster:  50 days.  Very early, compact plants produce large numbers of small, thumbsize in length cucumbers perfect for whole pickles. Pkt. $2.00

Boston Pickling:  51 days.  Introduced in 1880, a moderately short, plump pickling cucumber. Pkt. $1.50 OG

Bush Pickle:  50 days.  Short, compact vines, suitable for containers. 4 to 5 inch medium green cucumbers. Pkt. $2.50

Chicago Pickling:  55 days.  Excellent short, fat pickling type that holds up well to insects and disease. Introduced in 1888. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Chipper:  60 days.  Very productive pickler that is short and fat, developed for the pickle chip industry. Pkt. $2.00 OG (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Early Green Cluster:  58 days.  A little later type, also excellent for pickles. Introduced in 1778. Pkt. $1.50 OG

Morden Early:  45 days.  Nice bush plant, compact vines, super early, nice pickler. (Unavailable for 2013)

North Carolina Heirloom Pickling:  60 days.  A wonderful 2" to 3", blocky, creamy white cucumber. Makes superb dill pickles. Stay crisp when pickled. Pkt. $1.75

Rhinish Pickle:  55 days.  Old German pickler type, black spines, very good pickler. Pkt. $1.50

Ukrainian Pickling:  60 days.  Light green fruits, as is typical of the Eastern European types, they turn a russet color when ripe and will remain solid for several weeks in storage. Pkt. $1.50 OG

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2013 Dual-Purpose Varieties (Slicing or Pickling)

Dual-purpose cucumbers are old-fashioned types that can be used for both slicing and for pickles depending on the stage of harvesting.

Improved Long Green:  65 days.  A very large, dual purpose cucumber that gets big quick and has a paler green skin color. Plants stay productive for a long period of time. Introduced in 1842. Pkt. $1.50 OG

Monastic:  65 days.  Dual purpose, short, fat pickling type, cream colored when young, will also work as a small slicer. Good drought tolerance. Pkt. $1.50 OG

Poona Kheera:  60 days.  Fruits start out a mayonnaise color and turn russet potato colored later on. Nearly bitter free. Pkt. $2.00 OG

Sumpter:  53 days.  Blocky, medium green color, resistant to a number of diseases. Pkt. $1.50

Uzbekski:  50 days.  Light green skin turns to golden brown, flesh remains crisp well after harvest. Pkt. $1.50 OG

White Wonder:  60 days.  Ivory white fruits, average 6 inches, works well for both pickles and fresh eating, introduced in 1893. Pkt. $1.50

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2013 Gherkins

Used for small pickles. Not the same species as regular cucumbers. Packet should contain at least 25 seeds.

Jamaican:  65 days.  Gherkin type, very similar to West India Gherkin, but is earlier and more productive. Pkt. $1.50 OG

West India Gherkin:  70 days.  Small, burr sized, spiny cucumbers that are of a different species than regular cucumbers. Pkt. $1.50 OG


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