(Cucumis sativus) Cucumbers
originated in India or western Asia, and have been known to
gardeners for at least 3,000 years. Their diverse forms and flavors
are now appreciated and utilized in local cuisines around the
world. Warm growers, they are best sown in place after the
last frost of spring. Very rich soil, well-drained yet moist, suits
them best. Full sun exposure is usually preferred, except that in
hot-summer areas, the plants might benefit from some midafternoon
shade. The vines run to about 5 feet in length. Or, to
save space, grow them on a trellis.
A delicious, very sweet cucumber that is usually picked small and does...
Small 3” oval fruit are a bright, creamy white, about the size of a small...
A fascinating heirloom from the Mideast country of Uzbekistan. Big, fat...
Beautiful cream-colored fruit are about the size and shape of a large egg!...
Tiny pickling cucumbers are ready in about 50 days. This old French heirloom...
A variety that is described as “ancienne” or old by the French, it also...
Named for Russian Emperor Alexander. Medium -green fruit are best picked...
65 days. Long, ribbed, dark green fruit can grow to 18”. They are very...
(Melothria scabra) 75 days. Incredible, small cucumber-like fruit are shaped...
The historic cucumber of Sikkim. Fat, large fruit can reach several pounds...
60 days. Heirloom variety from Livermore, Maine, where the Boothby family...
Beautiful, yellow-orange cucumber from mainland China, the young fruit...
60 days. Smooth, straight, dark-green fruit, 18” long. Flesh is very crisp,...
60 days. 10”-long, unique fruits are pale green with small warts. Superb...
(Cucumis anguria) 65 days. Not a true cucumber, but used much like it....
60 days. The old French gherkin or cornichon pickler. Listed in America...
An old heirloom dating back to 1880. Vigorous vines give large yields of...
60 days. A great yielder. Creamy-ivory, 7”-long fruits, delicious and great...
60 days. The shape, size, and color of a lemon, but the flavor is sweet...
70 days. Dark green, 8”-9” fruit; great slicer! Good yields! Excellent...