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CUCUMIS sativus 'Chelsea Prize'
Chelsea Prize English Cucumber, Cucumber
A selection of the classic English hothouse cucumber, 'Chelsea Prize' produces slender, glossy, thin-skinned fruits with sweet, crisp flesh. The 12- to 15-inch (30- to 40-cm), nearly seedless "cukes" are free of bitterness, easy on the digestion, and excellent for slicing into salads. Plants grow from seed to harvest in about 60 days.
Asian in origin, cucumbers have been cultivated since ancient times for their prickly, tough-skinned, succulent fruits. These frost-tender annual vines bear large, lobed, rough-textured leaves on long, bristly, trailing stems that climb via clinging tendrils. 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. Root-bound plants can be saved only if their roots are gently teased apart before planting. 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.
Cucumbers may be trained up a trellis or cage or allowed to ramble freely across the ground. "Trained" plants occupy less space and produce straighter "cukes." 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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm
6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Indeterminate
Hybrid Origin, Southern Asia
Green, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green, Yellow Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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