Heirloom Vegetable. An Oriental variety that is technically a melon but produces fruit that looks and tastes like cucumber. The extra-long fruit can grow to 60 cm (24″) or more in length but are best eaten when they are between 30-45 cm (12-18″) in length. Fruit are light green, thin, heavily ribbed and often curled. A top-notch slicer!
How to Grow
35 seed/gram Cucumbers grow best in a rich, warm, sandy loam soil. Before planting, work into the native soil 30 cm (12″) deep large amounts of garden compost or composted manure. As cooler soil will reduce germination and increase the chance of the seed rotting before it sprouts, wait until the soil has reached a temperature of at least 18 C (66 F) before planting. Mound the soil up into hills about 15-20 cm (6-8″) high and about 30-60 cm (12-24″) across. Space the hills about 120 cm (4′) apart. Sow the seed 2 cm (3/4″) deep with 6 to 8 seeds per hill then after the seed sprouts, thin to 3 or 4 plants per hill. If you have limited space or wish to have the fruit as straight as possible, grow this cucumber on a trellis. Protect the plants from any late spring/early summer frosts and keep the plants evenly watered through the growing season. Even soil moisture is very important as cucumbers become very bitter if the plant becomes moisture stressed by hot dry weather. To prevent damage to the plant, harvest the cucumbers by cutting them from the vine with a sharp knife – do not pull or twist them from the vine.