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Poinsett 76 Cucumber

Botanical Name: Cucumis sativus

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# of seeds per packet: 25

Description

70 days. Poinsett 76 are straight, dark green, non-bitter and delightfully crisp cucumbers. They are 7 – 8” long with a 2 – 2½” diameter. With the market dominated by hybrids, Poinsett 76 is one of the best open-pollinated, standard slicing cucumbers. Very popular in the 1980’s & 1990’s, we became impressed with its overall vigor, productivity and disease resistance. Resistant to many common diseases that plague cucumber plants, including powdery & downy mildew, anthracnose, angular leaf spot, and scab. If you have trouble growing cucumbers, give these a whirl!  Bred and released by Dr. Henry M. Munger of Cornell University along with Clemson University in 1976. These cukes are fantastic raw in salads or in cool and tangy condiments like Indian raita or Greek tzatziki.  Also wonderful in Middle Eastern Fattoosh Salad. Seeds grown by Nature and Nurture Seeds.

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 May 1st 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 June 1st into fertile soil with lots of compost or decomposed manure. Or direct sow seeds outdoors June 1st (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. Cucumbers perform and taste best in cool (less than 85°) weather.

Harvest:

Harvest cucumbers when they begin to fill out but before they completely lose their ridges. They should still be dark green and firm but not hard. Cucs can always be harvested smaller when they are young and tender, especially for pickling.

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 large, hard, and yellow). 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.

Poinsett cucumber was bred, with classical plant breeding techniques, by Dr. Barnes of Clemson University in 1966. Dr. Henry Munger, preeminent plant breeder at Cornell University, worked on it for ten years and released Poinsett 76 with increased scab resistant and darker green fruit color. He bred over 50 varieties of cucumbers and is responsible for breeding disease resistance into many vegetables, especially cucumbers. His work is proof of the great merits of classical plant breeding over biotechnology.

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Poinsett 76 Cucumber

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Description

70 days. Poinsett 76 are straight, dark green, non-bitter and delightfully crisp cucumbers. They are 7 – 8” long with a 2 – 2½” diameter. With the market dominated by hybrids, Poinsett 76 is one of the best open-pollinated, standard slicing cucumbers. Very popular in the 1980’s & 1990’s, we became impressed with its overall vigor, productivity and disease resistance. Resistant to many common diseases that plague cucumber plants, including powdery & downy mildew, anthracnose, angular leaf spot, and scab. If you have trouble growing cucumbers, give these a whirl!  Bred and released by Dr. Henry M. Munger of Cornell University along with Clemson University in 1976. These cukes are fantastic raw in salads or in cool and tangy condiments like Indian raita or Greek tzatziki.  Also wonderful in Middle Eastern Fattoosh Salad. Seeds grown by Nature and Nurture Seeds.

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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 May 1st 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 June 1st into fertile soil with lots of compost or decomposed manure. Or direct sow seeds outdoors June 1st (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. Cucumbers perform and taste best in cool (less than 85°) weather.

Harvest:

Harvest cucumbers when they begin to fill out but before they completely lose their ridges. They should still be dark green and firm but not hard. Cucs can always be harvested smaller when they are young and tender, especially for pickling.

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 large, hard, and yellow). 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).


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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.

Poinsett cucumber was bred, with classical plant breeding techniques, by Dr. Barnes of Clemson University in 1966. Dr. Henry Munger, preeminent plant breeder at Cornell University, worked on it for ten years and released Poinsett 76 with increased scab resistant and darker green fruit color. He bred over 50 varieties of cucumbers and is responsible for breeding disease resistance into many vegetables, especially cucumbers. His work is proof of the great merits of classical plant breeding over biotechnology.

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