What are the pros? early; taste; parthenocarpic
What are the cons? See review
I grew these in the ground in 2016. They were one of the top two cucumbers I had ever grown in our garden to date (the other favorite is Beit Alpha).
Cucumbers seem to struggle a lot in our soil. So, I looked for parthenocarpic, heat-tolerant and drought-tolerant varieties in hopes of better results. Monika is of course parthenocarpic (it also seems at least partially gynoecious, as it set lots of female flowers to start with, with no male ones in sight). Monika also proved able to set fruit in the heat. As far as cucumbers go in our soil, it was prolific, but it still struggled in our soil and/or weather. It was an early producer (the earliest I've grown), but it stopped producing before Beit Alpha. It did, however, taste great even when mature (no bitterness). Most of the fruits were seedless, but I did manage to save some seeds. I think some acclimatization will do them good. The young fruits look a lot like the mature ones in coloring.
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