Boston Pickling
Cucumber Seeds
$2.00

Just like its name, the Boston Pickling cucumber is great for making pickles and its plant is high yielding with a continuous harvest!

Muncher
Cucumber Seeds
$2.00

The Muncher cucumber plant variety produces a smooth nearly spineless, medium green cucumber that is crisp and delicious!

Out of stock
Amiga Beit Alpha
Cucumber Seeds
$3.00

The Amiga Beit Alpha cucumber is great for markets as it is a good greenhouse cucumber variety and has a refreshing, very sweet taste!

Learning Download: How to Grow Cucumbers

From Seed to Harvest: A guide to growing cucumbers.

Cucumbers can be grown for fresh eating, pickling and more. They range in flavor, colors, shapes and sizes. Some cucumbers are known as lemon cucumbers and are yellow. Cucumbers can grow in circles, elongated spheres and more.

To plant:

Plant seeds directly in rows or hills two weeks after the last spring frost. Seeds can sprout within five days. If you started the cucumbers inside, transplant seedlings after they are 3 weeks old and after the last spring frost. Space the cucumber rows or hills 6 feet apart, as cucumbers can take up lots of space.

Water prior to placing the seeds, and plant the seeds 1/2-inch-deep and 6 inches apart. Once seedlings grow three leaves, thin them to 12 inches apart. For gardeners who rotate their crops, plant cucumbers in the same place where Cole crops grew the year before.

To grow:

Cucumbers like full sun and well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. Water 1 inch per week. Water consistently, because inconsistent watering watering can create misshapen cucumbers. To maximize the amount of cucumbers and decrease leaves, use a trellis or tomato cage to grow the cucumbers. To prevent pests, use row covers with your cucumbers. Use traps to prevent cucumber beetles, or plant borage nearby.

Cucumbers produce both male and female blooms, which are required for fruit growth. Male blooms drop off the plant, but female blooms will have the small swell at the base which turns into the cucumber.

To harvest:

Pick cucumbers often, as they can double in size quickly. To allow for the maximum harvest, pick cucumbers as soon as they are big enough. One plant can grow anywhere between 10 and 20 cucumbers. To pick the plant, use a knife or small shears to clip the stem just above the fruit. When a cucumber yellows at the bottom, it is overripe. Use cucumbers as soon as possible after harvesting.

What cucumbers crave:

When planting, mix compost with a little bit of organic fertilizer. During growth, use liquid fertilizer and apply directly to the soil near the stem. Granular fertilizer also can be used, but work it into the soil around the plant. Feed with fertilizer regularly.

Where to buy cucumber seeds:

You can find green cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, gherkin cucumbers and more at Urban Farmer.

Learning Download: Common pests and diseases: Cucumbers

Common pests and diseases: Cucumbers

When growing vegetables, it is always exciting to care for the plant throughout its growing phase and then harvest it for delicious recipes later on, but one thing to watch out for is pests and diseases. Different plants are susceptible to different types of pests and diseases, and it is important to make yourself aware so you can keep a watchful eye and also take any preventative methods to keep your plants safe throughout their lifespan. 

Cucumbers can fall victim to several different pests and diseases.

Pests:

Insects affecting cucumber plants include aphids, cabbage loopers and cucumber beetles.

Aphids are soft-bodied insects that bring problems to lots of plants. They create discoloration of any leaves, necrotic spots and stunted growth. Use tolerant varieties and only apply insecticides if there’s a high infestation.

Cabbage loopers are pale green and will extensively damage the leaves by creating large holes. Handpick the larvae off plants, or encourage beneficial insects and birds in your garden. Apply Bacillus thuringiensis to kill the younger larvae.

Cucumber beetles are spotted yellow beetles that cause stunted seedlings and damaged leaves, as well as plants exhibiting signs of bacterial wilt, and scars the cucumbers. These beetles will overwinter in the soil. To prevent them, use floating row covers, apply kaolin clay and if necessary, use an insecticide.

Diseases:

Diseases that can affect cucumbers include Alternaria leaf blight, anthracnose, belly rot, cucumber wilt and cucumber mosaic.

Alternaria leaf blight creates yellow-brown spots with a halo which appears on older leaves first. Leaves will curl and die. This disease often occurs in hot areas with frequent rainfall. To prevent it, rotate your cucumbers and other curcubit plants every two years and remove crop debris as soon as possible. 

Anthracnose creates lesions on leaves, stems and the fruit. This disease prefers warm temperatures. To prevent it, plant resistant varieties and apply fungicides, as well as utilize crop rotation.

Belly rot creates discoloration on the fruit and brown mold on the rotting areas. It will cause cucumber seedlings to collapse. It prefers warm and humid conditions. To prevent this disease, till the soil prior to planting and use a plastic mulch around the plants. Use a site with good drainage and apply fungicides when plants start to vine. 

Cucumber wilt will rot the seedling stems at the soil, and it will create lesions and discoloration. It favors warm and moist soil. To prevent this, plant seeds treated with a fungicide and rotate crops frequently.

Cucumber mosaic will stunt the plants severely, and the foliage will become covered in a yellow mosaic. The leaves curl down, and the leaves will be small. Fruits will be distorted and small and discolored. To prevent this, deter aphids feeding and treat aphids if they appear. 

Learning Download: Cucumber Comparison Chart

Cucumber Comparison Chart

Variety Use Days to Maturity Size (inches) Disease Resistance
Ashley** Slicing 66-75 8 Angular Leaf Spot, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew
Amiga Beit Alpha Slicing 55 6 Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Downy Mildew, Papaya Ringspot Virus, Powdery Mildew, Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus
Boston Pickling Pickling 52 3 Angular Leaf Spot, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, Scab
Brown Russian Slicing 50 5-7
Burpless Bush Slicer Slicing 53-58 10 Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Powdery Mildew, Scab
Calypso Pickling 52 3 Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Scab, Target leaf Spot
Carolina Pickling 51 7-8 Anthracnose, Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Scab, Target Leaf Spot, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew
Dark Armenian Slicing 63 12
Double Yield Slicing 50 5-6
Green Finger Slicing 60 4-6 Angular Leaf Spot, Downy Mildew, Papaya Ringspot Virus, Watermelon Mosaic Virus, Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus
Homemade Pickles Pickling 55 2-3 Angular Leaf Spot, Anthracnose, Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, Root Rot
Lemon** Specialty 65 2-3
Manny Slicing 45 5-7 Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Powdery Mildew, Scab
Marketer** Slicing 55 9
Marketmore 76** Slicing 66-75 8-10
Mexican Sour Gherkin Specialty 75 1
Muncher** Slicing 58-65 8-10
Pale Armenian Slicing 63 18
Pioneer Pickling 51 3 Angular Leaf Spot, Anthracnose, Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew
Poinsett 76** Slicing 58-65 6-8 Angular Leaf Spot, Anthracnose, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew
SMR 58 Pickling 56 6-8 Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Powdery Mildew, Scab, Target Leaf Spot
Spacemaster 80** Slicing 60 7-8 Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, Scab
Straight Eight** Slicing 65 4-6
Sumter Slicing and Pickling 50-60 3-6 Alternaria Leaf Spot, Anthracnose, Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew
Suyo Long** Slicing 60 8-15
Tasty Green Slicing 68 12 Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew
White Wonder** Slicing 55-60 6-8

*All American Selection Winner
**Heirloom
***AAS Winner/Heirloom