Cucumbers

(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 used in local cuisines around the world. Direct seed cucumbers when soil has warmed to at least 65 degrees, at least 2 weeks after the last spring frost. Create one-foot mounds about 2.5 feet apart; plant 3-5 seeds in each mound. Once plants are 3-4 inches tall, thin to one in each mound, leaving the strongest plant. Ideal germination temperature is 75F. For an early crop, start indoors one week before last frost date; transplant out when plants are 3 weeks old. Cucumbers that remain in pots longer than 3 weeks become stunted and will grow slowly! Very rich, well-drained, moist soil suits them best. Full sun exposure is usually preferred; in hot summer areas, the plants might benefit from some mid-afternoon shade. The vines run to about 5 feet in length. To save space, grow them on a trellis.

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Marketmore 76 Cucumber
CU101
$2.50
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70 days. Marketmore ‘76 is a name that is synonymous with vigor and productivity. Marketmore ‘76 is possibly one of the most recognizable heirlooms, and rightfully so, decades after its initial introduction, this delicious refreshing cuke still boasts impressive disease and pest resistance. Fruit averages 8-9 inches long, perfect for slicing. Dark green with thick protective skin, a perfect choice for market gardening as the rugged little fruit stand up well to shipping but still have the high quality of flavor and texture that grocery store cukes simply can’t match!

The original Marketmore cucumber was developed at Cornell University in 1968 by Dr. Henry Munger, it was hailed as a breeding breakthrough for cucumbers. For 30 years Dr. Munger perfected the Marketmore (and many other incredible vegetable varieties). In 1976 he released a particularly vigorous open pollinated strain of Marketmore, and it remains a favorite of home and market gardeners alike! We are grateful to Dr. Munger, who in his 60 years of breeding at Cornell championed the idea of bringing more densely nutritious vegetables to the forefront of the diet in order to promote health.

  • 70 Days
  • Full Sun
  • Sprouts in 7-14 Days
  • Seed Depth: 1/2"
  • Ideal Temperature: 70-90 F
  • Plant Spacing: 18-36" 
  • Frost Hardy: No
  • Cucumis sativus

Growing Tips: Needs abundant soil moisture and rich soil. Some afternoon shade is beneficial in hottest summer weather. Trellis growing saves space. Harvest frequently to maintain production.

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