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CUCUMIS sativus 'Edmonson'
Cucumber, Edmonson Heirloom Cucumber, Heirloom Cucumber, Pickling Cucumber, Slicing Cucumber
This is an easy-to-grow heirloom cucumber that produces loads of crisp ivory green fruits. This variety came from Kansas native Clarice Cooper, whose grandfather Edmonson selected and grew the cucumber throughout his lifetime. The non-bitter cucumbers are crisp and flavorful and turn from milky green when pickle-sized (4 inches (10 cm) long) to dark orange-red when large and full-sized. The plants begin to produce harvestable fruits about 70 days after sowing seeds. Plants are disease-resistant and tolerate drought. These pretty cucumbers are ideal for salads, slicing or pickling.
Asian in origin, cucumbers have been cultivated since ancient times. These frost-tender annual vines thrive in the warmth and sunshine of summer. They have large, broadly lobed leaves that are green and scratchy to the touch. When mature they produce yellow flowers that are either male or female. Pollen-bearing male flowers are produced first, followed by the fruit-bearing female flowers. The female flowers are easily recognizable by the bulbous ovaries at their bases.
Mature cucumbers are elongated or rounded, can be various shades of green and have small prickles on their skins. Some cucumbers are bred to be harvested young for pickles while others are raised to be harvested when more mature and used for slicing. Over ripe specimens turn yellow and have softer flesh and large, firm and inedible seeds, so it’s best to harvest them when they are young and crisp.
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.
Cucumbers may be trained on a trellis or cage or allowed to ramble freely across the ground. Fresh or pickled, cucumbers are a favorite vegetable, and they are as easy to grow as they are tasty.
12 - 1
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'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Indeterminate
Hybrid Origin, Southern Asia
White, Light Green, Orange Red
Green, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green, Yellow Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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