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CUCUMIS sativus 'Salad Bush'
Cucumber, Salad Bush Cucumber
This 1988 All American Selections Winner produces 8-inch (20-cm) cucumbers on compact, short-vining plants. Ripening in about 57 days from seed, the cylindrical, dark-green "cukes" are excellent for slicing into salads. This F1 hybrid is resistant to scab-, mosaic- and leaf-spot diseases.
Asian in origin, cucumbers have been cultivated since ancient times for their prickly but succulent fruits. These frost-tender annual vines bear large, lobed, rough-textured leaves on long, bristly, trailing stems that climb via clinging tendrils. Some cucumber varieties have a bushy, non-vining habit. Mature plants produce yellow flowers that are either male or female. Pollen-bearing male flowers appear first, followed by the fruit-bearing female flowers. The female flowers are easily recognizable by the bulbous ovaries at their bases.
Grow your cucumbers in full sun and fertile, evenly moist, perfectly drained garden loam. After the threat of frost passes, 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.Be sure to harvest fruits regularly, so they will continue to flower and produce fruit. Overripe cucumbers have spongy, bitter flesh and large, tough seeds, so it’s best to harvest them when they are young and crisp.
Vining cucumber varieties may be trained up a trellis or cage or allowed to ramble freely across the ground. Bush cucumbers are well suited for growing in containers or where space is limited. Fresh or pickled, cucumbers are a favorite vegetable, and they are as easy to grow as they are tasty.
12 - 1
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 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
6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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