What are the pros? never bitter, low maintenance
What are the cons? spikey
I have grown these for 5 or 6 years by direct-sowing the seeds, and I've always gotten very high germination rates. I prefer to trellis them to save space and help the long cucumbers grow straight (rather than curling, which they like to do). The spikes are fairly easy to remove by rubbing them off with your hand or a cloth.
They are easy to grow and very prolific -- I always have plenty to share with friends. They do great, even in 100 degree heat. No matter how large the fruit get, I rarely ever get a bitter bite. When the plants get too far ahead of me, I cut the overgrown cucumbers in half and give them to our chickens, who go crazy for them.
I enjoy eating these fresh, but a friend of mine made pickles with them one year and said they were delicious.
There will always be a spot in my garden for these!
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