Lemon Cucumber

Cucumis sativus

$4.45

28 seeds
Certified Organic
65 days. Round, yellow-skinned slicing cucumber with cool, crisp, non-bitter taste. This lemon-sized cuke will help you beat the heat of a hot summer's day. Flesh is white. Brought to the U.S. from Australia in 1894 and favored for many years by gardeners because of its vigor, high yield, flavor, and drought tolerance. 3 - 4" in diameter. We first grew Lemon in 2002 and Erica loves to use it in her Summer Salad with tomatoes, basil, and ume plum vinegar! Use it like any slicer. Young cukes can be pickled. AS

As with all cucurbits, cucumbers do not like their roots disturbed during transplanting so if starting seeds indoors, use biodegradable pots. Seeds can be started inside or outside. Start seeds indoors 5/1 into a good starting mix (we recommend Vermont Compost’s Fort Light). Ideal temperature for germination: 85-95° (use heating mat). Cucumber seedlings are sensitive to damping off fungus so keep soil lightly moist but not too wet and use a fan (set to low) to provide air circulation. Days to germination: 4-10. Once 2 leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Transplant outdoors (plant biodegradable pot into soil) around 6/1 into fertile soil with lots of compost or decomposed manure. Or direct sow seeds outdoors 6/1 (1/2” deep). Space plants 1 foot apart. Protect seedlings from cucumber beetles by covering seeds/seedlings with row cover fabric at planting and leave it on until plants are flowering. Protect plants from deer and groundhogs. For an extra boost, foliar feed young cucumber plants (1 week after transplanting) with fish/seaweed.