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Cucumber

Cucumber Cucumis sativa

A tender crop that needs a heated glasshouse for prolonged cropping. Some varieties (ridge cucumbers) can be grown for a limited period outdoors. Frame cucumbers, grown under glass, have a smoother skin, longer fruit and are generally heavier cropping. Outdoor varieties must be pollinated to set fruit, while the fruits of indoor varieties become bitter and misshapen if insects pollinate their flowers. Both types should be raised with heat; sow ridge varieties in mid-May for planting out in a sheltered spot after the last frost. Plant on a mound or ridge to avoid root rot, and mulch well. Allow 60cm between plants, less if the plants are trained up supports. Give plenty of water throughout the growing season – irregular watering leads to misshapen or aborted fruits. Indoor cucumbers need high humidity but good ventilation to reduce fungal problems, and will enjoy as much heat as you can give them. Cucumber varieties will readily cross with each other.

Boothby's Blond

This American variety was grown for several generations by the Boothby family of Livermore in Maine, but has never been commercially available. Fruits are 14-20cm long and oval in shape with yellow, warty skin and little tufts of black hairs. An early, productive ridge variety, it requires pollination for fruit to develop. Former Seed Guardian Rosemary Payne commented that the “flesh is pale, non-acidic, almost a melon flavour. My husband is not a person who eats cucumber but complimented ‘Boothby’s Blond’.”

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Jordanian

This indoor variety produces pale green fruits with smooth, glossy skins and lime green striping. The skin can be a little thick, but is easy to peel. Seed Guardian Jill Browning says, “It looked good, tasted good and grew well”. What more can you ask for?

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Perfection

A long-fruited, ridge variety once grown extensively for the seaside salad trade. Vigorous, hardy and productive, the straight, almost spineless fruits grow to around 20-30cm and have an excellent flavour.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.


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