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CUCUMIS sativus 'Japanese Long Pickling'
Cucumber, Japanese Long Pickling Cucumber
The long, slender, tender-skinned fruits of this Japanese-style cucumber are good for salads or refrigerator pickles. The crispy, nearly seedless "cukes" have a mild sweet flavor and are easy on the digestion. This variety grows from seed to harvest in 75 days. The cucumbers can grow to 20 inches (50 cm) long and 1.5 inches (4 cm) wide, but are best when about 12 inches (30 cm) long.
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'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Indeterminate
Hybrid Origin, Southern Asia
Yellow Green, Dark Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Vine
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