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CUCUMIS melo 'Armenian'

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Family

Cucurbitaceae

Botanical Name

CUCUMIS melo 'Armenian'

Plant Common Name

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    8"-14" / 20.3cm - 35.6cm

  • Width

    5'-12' / 1.5m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Light Yellow, Yellow Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes