Log-in

Lemon Cucumber

Botanical Name: Cucumis sativus

$3.95

Out of Stock for 2017

Description

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.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

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.

 

Harvest:

When cucumbers turn from a greenish-yellow to lemon-yellow. Younger cucs can be harvested for pickles.

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Cucumbers are insect pollinated and cross-pollinated. They will easily cross with any cucumber varieties within ½ mile. You can always save seed and see what you will get! Select only the best plants to save seed from. Allow cucumber fruit to mature fully (they will be orange and hard). Scoop out seed, rinse, and dry on a screen. Minimum population size: 6-25 plants (but you can save seed from fewer plants if seeds are for your own use).

Seed Stories

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is thought to have originated in Africa before being transported to the Middle East and South Asia. For the last 3000 years, in India and China, humans developed many new cucumber varieties so the biodiversity of domesticated cucumbers is highest there. Cucumber seed was brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Native Americans quickly adopted the crop and it spread throughout N. America.

The Lemon cucumber was a popular market cucumber in Australia and brought by Samuel Wilson to Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania in 1894. It has remained a beloved variety of home gardeners. Lemon has more recently found acclaim with chefs who love to use it in salads.  Erica uses it often in her scrumptious Summer Salad recipe.

Tags: vegetable
Lemon Cucumber [[start tab]]

Description

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.

[[end tab]] [[start tab]]

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

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.

 

Harvest:

When cucumbers turn from a greenish-yellow to lemon-yellow. Younger cucs can be harvested for pickles.

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Cucumbers are insect pollinated and cross-pollinated. They will easily cross with any cucumber varieties within ½ mile. You can always save seed and see what you will get! Select only the best plants to save seed from. Allow cucumber fruit to mature fully (they will be orange and hard). Scoop out seed, rinse, and dry on a screen. Minimum population size: 6-25 plants (but you can save seed from fewer plants if seeds are for your own use).

[[end tab]] [[start tab]]

Seed Stories

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is thought to have originated in Africa before being transported to the Middle East and South Asia. For the last 3000 years, in India and China, humans developed many new cucumber varieties so the biodiversity of domesticated cucumbers is highest there. Cucumber seed was brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Native Americans quickly adopted the crop and it spread throughout N. America.

The Lemon cucumber was a popular market cucumber in Australia and brought by Samuel Wilson to Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania in 1894. It has remained a beloved variety of home gardeners. Lemon has more recently found acclaim with chefs who love to use it in salads.  Erica uses it often in her scrumptious Summer Salad recipe.

[[end tab]]
$3.95 Out of Stock
Scroll to top