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CUCUMIS melo 'Armenian'
The cucumber 'Armenian' ('Yard Long') is prized for its long, ribbed, spineless, non-bitter fruit. These slicing cucumbers have large, broadly lobed green leaves that are coarse to the touch. When mature, the vines produce yellow flowers. Pollen-bearing male flowers usually appear first, followed by the fruit-bearing female flowers, recognizable by the distinctive oval-shaped ovary at the base of the bloom. Ribbed fruits are light green, maturing to pale yellow. They are best harvested when young and tender, but if left on the vine will grow to considerable length. They remain straight if the plant is allowed to climb, but usually curl if it is grown on the ground. Drought or uneven soil moisture can lead to more bitterly flavored fruits. This cultivar is also commonly referred to as the snake melon or serpent cucumber.
Grow Armenian cucumbers in full sun and fertile, evenly moist, perfectly drained garden loam. After threat of frost is past, sow cucumber seeds directly in the ground. If transplanting container-grown plants take care to not damage their tender white roots unless they are root-bound. Cucumbers may be trained on a trellis or cage or allowed to ramble freely across the ground.
Armenian cucumbers are ready for picking after 55 to 70 growing days. The plants perform particularly well in hot climates. Be sure to harvest fruits regularly, so the vines will continue to flower and produce fruit. This is a terrific cucumber for slicing.
12 - 4
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
8"-14" / 20.3cm - 35.6cm
5'-12' / 1.5m - 3.7m
Hybrid Origin, Africa
Light Yellow, Yellow Green, Light Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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