Patio Snacker is a monoecious hybrid perfect for containers, trellis or smaller gardens. Short branching vines produce dark green 4 cm x 20 cm (1.5″ x 8″) fruit with a nice flavour, crunchy texture and non-bitter peel. Once production starts it continues all summer long! The everyday, standard cucumber is monoecious. This means it has both female and male flowers. Having both male and female flowers, these cucumbers don’t require planting with another variety to provide pollen. Bees and other insects are needed to spread their pollen from male flowers to their female flowers. Gardeners can do this too with the aid of a soft paintbrush.
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, most cucumbers grow on trellises. 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.