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Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  camprn on 11/20/2013, 6:38 pm

I usually grow the spacemaster in my wee garden, but I think I may have to try this. The Mexican Sour Gherkin. Cha-ching!
http://modernfarmer.com/2013/11/coolest-cucumber-never-met/


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Post  boffer on 11/20/2013, 7:24 pm

I was very happy with the Marketmore and Marketmore 76 that I grew last summer.  They had nice cucumber flavor, and were burpless and bitter-free.  They are rated 'intermediate resistance' to typical cucumber diseases, and I didn't have any disease issues.

I was disappointed with the  Cool Breeze parthenogenic cucumbers that I grew in my greenhouse.  Production was low, and bitterness was high.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 11/20/2013, 7:50 pm

Spacemaster--so far.

This summer's cuke crop did almost nothing, mainly because I planted them so late.

Next year, I plan to plant about three squares of cukes, a different variety in each one.

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  jmsieglaff on 11/20/2013, 8:12 pm

Sweeter Yet Hybrid have performed very well for us, they tolerate cucumber beetles just fine, have good flavor and small seed/seed cavities.  I am considering trying Pepinex a try in 2014, I'm going to do a little more homework on them over the winter, I'm curious if anyone has tried those.

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  Pollinator on 11/21/2013, 10:50 am

Sumter, a local heirloom, had much less disease and produced better than three hybrids that I had this past (very wet) summer. Sumter is adapted to Southeastern heat and humidity, and it also did pretty well with some brief flooding.

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 11/21/2013, 11:54 am

My first year I planted an English cucumber that I bought in a 4 pack. They were amazing until the Vols decided to eat their stems (grrrrrrr!)

This year I planted several varieties, Armenian Cucumbers (that aren't really a cucumber I think they're in the gourd family), Sumter and I forget the other.

The Armenians produced massive quantities until the aphids destroyed them. I was juicing a lot over the summer and they were perfect for that as they have a mild taste and produced a lot of juice.

Of the other cucumbers, the only one that produced was my lemon cucumbers. The sumters produced just a few each. The lemons are still producing in my greenhouse.

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  walshevak on 11/21/2013, 5:09 pm

Armenian and Suyo Long were my best producers this past year. Definately gonna repeat. And they made some good pickles.

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  floyd1440 on 11/23/2013, 6:16 am

The first year mine did fine but the last two seasons the died early on.  I got a few A.C pickling cuke, which turned out to be great slicers, but the whole plant turned brown then dried.

Seems like bacterial wilt and the only strain that is resistant to that is Country Fair so I will try those next year, 2 plants.  Also thinking if putting 2 more plants in containers in the garden as well the A/C variety and hope they survive.

Anyone purchased any seeds from Reimer Seeds?  Have seen so bad reviews about this seed company.

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  CapeCoddess on 11/23/2013, 1:09 pm

Apparently I can't grow cucs too well. I tried 'White Wonder' from seed but only 1 sprouted then died.

The ones that do start out well are direct planted 'Straight Eight' seeds, but they soon succumb to PM. What few cucs I did get from about 12 plants were absolutely delicious but only 1" to 6".

So next year I'm trying Burpless as they are supposed to be somewhat resistant to PM. I'll believe it when I see it, but I really need figure out how to grow cucs for my smoothies.

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  johnp on 11/23/2013, 2:30 pm

I grow two types, one just a standard pickling type but the other one is Satsuki Midori cucumber. It is a 10 to 16 inch long fruit with a smooth skin, few seeds and never bitter. Has to grow on a trellis or the cuc's will cork screw. These made the best tasting cucumber salad I ever had. They also have done well in the different pickle things we made. Highly recommend what the Seeds of Change calls a rare Asian variety.

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  Marc Iverson on 11/24/2013, 3:21 am

I really like lemon cucumbers. Love the looks of them, and they make a great snack in the garden. They have lots of little brown dry things (like tufts? hairs? I dunno) sticking out of them when ripe, but they're easy to wipe off with your hands and don't become slivers or stick to you or anything. Their color also makes them look interesting on a plate.

For me, they haven't been terrifically productive, though. At least partly because almost every one of dozens was eaten/infected by cucumber beetles.

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 11/25/2013, 1:21 pm

Improved Telegraph. They're basically the hothouse cucumbers you see in the plastic wrap in the store. Taste even better fresh.

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  cricket on 11/25/2013, 3:45 pm

My all time favorite is the Armenian Cucumber---technically it is an Asian Melon, however when picked young, about 10 inches long, it rivals any thin skinned European Cucumber.  I also like the hybrid Eureka, it has a smaller vine and produces abundantly.  It's great for pickles.   My go to cucumber to munch on while weeding the gardens is the good ole stand by Boston Pickler.

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Post  Triciasgarden on 11/27/2013, 1:26 pm

Ones that produce and taste good, lol!  My cucumbers have not made it the last few years.  I need to start from seed and not transplant.  That survived only for a short time.  My neighbor gave me some of his this summer and they were good!

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  sanderson on 11/27/2013, 1:29 pm

@Triciasgarden wrote:Ones that produce and taste good, lol! 
I only had one so it was my favorite.  Embarassed

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  Triciasgarden on 11/27/2013, 1:45 pm

That was better than I did!

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  landarch on 11/27/2013, 6:34 pm

I loved my English Chelsea this year...thin skin, 18" long, sweet and never bitter.

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Re: Cucumber: What is Your Favorite?

Post  Goosegirl on 12/3/2013, 7:56 am

Can't really say it is my favorite, as I have nothing really to compare to it, but Straight Eight has been my most successful.  One year I killed my seedlings, so when I was at the local greenhouse looking for slicers and they were all out, the owner ran to the back and filled a little coin envelope with about 10 Straight Eight seeds and said to give them a try - the ground was warm and the season still early enough to start outside.  I did, they worked, and we gave away lots of cukes that year! 

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