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Cucumis sativus ‘Marion ridge cucumber’

Cucumber

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Features

  • Height0.3m
  • Growth HabitScrambling or scandent
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Cucumis sativus ‘Marion ridge cucumber’ (Cucumber). This is an annual trailing plant which will grow to a height of 1m with a 2m spread. The leaves have shallow pointed lobes with yellow funnel-shaped flowers. The green-skinned fruit have a crisp white flesh with numerous seeds. In cool climates cucumbers are normally grown in greenhouses, or the seedlings are raised under glass in winter or spring for summer planting. You will need to provide a trellis support or netting for the vines to twine around. If growing along the ground, protect your fruits with a bed of straw. You can harvest when the fruits are no longer than 8 or 9ins for the best flavour. This crop has an minimum optimum growing temperature of 18C and a maximum optimum growing temperature of 32C.

Characteristics

Annual, Vegetable

Origin

Southern Asia

Interest and use

Culinary, climbing, greenhouse.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Medium, Low salinity, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

It may need staking. Harvesting may start in Late summer. Harvesting may end in Early autumn. Fairly difficult to grow.

Propagation

Propagate from seed sown in a low mound and thinned to 1 or 2 vigorous vines. Water the roots only.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs/snails, mildew or heavy pruning. Vulnerable to downy mildew.

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