Cucumber English Telegraph Improved HEIRLOOM Seeds

Cucumber English Telegraph Improved HEIRLOOM Seeds

Cucumis sativus var. sativus

Item #0257

60 Days. The English cucumber is longer (up to 18") and thinner than traditional cucumbers, with very small, soft seeds. 'Telegraph Improved' was developed in the 1800s for growing in greenhouses; this open-pollinated variety is now a favorite of home gardeners for the long, thin-skinned, burpless fruits that add a cool, mild flavor and a snappy crunch to salads and sandwiches. Cucumbers develop best when grown on a trellis and get regular moisture while fruits are forming.

This packet sows up to 8 ft. of trellised cucumbers.

Seedling Image

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:
1/2"

Seed Spacing:
A group of 2 seeds
every 12"

Row Spacing:
3'

Thinning:
When 3 leaves,
thin to 1
plant every 12"


When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 70°–90°F.

When to start inside: 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. Cucumbers are sensitive to root disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots.

Harvesting: Do not let cucumbers get too big; plants stop producing if there are overly mature cucumbers on the vine. Pick regularly before fruits are bigger than optimal size. (see variety information). Cut the stem rather than pulling at the fruit to break off. Once picked, immediately immerse in cold water to disperse “field heat”, which increases the quality and life of picked fruit.

Artist: Susie Hyer



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