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Cucumbers are some of my FAVORITE veggies and they are oh so easy to grow! I have become quite the cuke connoisseur as, believe it or not, they all have their own distinctive flavors and nuances. Currently, the Japanese and Chinese varieties are my favorites as they REALLY have cucumbery flavor…. strong, crisp, and fresh tasting…. the REAL taste of summer!

Most people think that cukes need to be grown in full sun….au contraire, I find that they do MUCH better with just morning sun or just evening sun or just a bright light! If they get TOO much sun they can get burnt and bitter! They do adore extra worm castings incorporated when you plant them. Another trick to keep cukes coming is successive seedlings….plant them a few weeks apart so if the cucumber beetles find them or the vines get worn out you still have a plant waiting in the wings! I will have plants available at different times so you can try this method.

Cucumber ‘Aonaga Jobai’

Cucumber Aonaga Jibai

(65 days) Another Japanese Cuke that hails from the 1930’s, this one is burpless, sweet, bitter-free and very disease resistant!

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.

Cucumber ‘Armenian’

(AKA Snake Melon)

Vining (60 days) This striking Eastern European heirloom produces distinctive light green fruits best eaten when 12-18” long; tender and yummy! Botanically it is a melon but it tastes tender and crisp and like a cucumber! When trellised it will grow straight, otherwise it will curl.

Cucumber ‘Beit Alpha’

Cucumber Beit Alpha

(55 days)- A VERY early variety from Israel that is burpless, crunchy, and oh-so-very productive! As it is also a parthenocarpic (doesn’t require fertilization/pollinators) variety, can also be grown in a greenhouse! We truly love this one! (Our photo)

Cucumber ‘Bush Crop’

Cucumber Bush Crop

 (55 days) This one is very productive but a wee less enthusiastic than its sprawlier brothers! Perfect for smaller spaces, but still best to trellis.

Cucumber ‘Chicago Pickling’

Cucumber Chicago Pickling

Well ya KNOW this one does well here! It has been around since 1888 and is disease resistant and highly productive….great not only for pickling but for fresh eating also. Its thinner skin makes the brine easier to absorb.

Cucumber ‘China Jade’

Cucumber China jade (top) and Early Russian (my pic)

(65 days)- Thought to have been around since the Han Dynasty in 266 (!!!), this one produces very long and slender burpless cukes; it is also parthenocarpic! Very very delicious and highly recommended!

Cucumber China Jade from customer Nicole

Cucumber China Jade from customer Nicole

Cucumber ‘Dar’

Cucumber Dar (customer Chris)

(60 days)- From Poland, this one is a favorite of my customers that want a versatile cuke for both pickling and fresh eating. She also is great for small spaces/containers as her vines only get to be about 18” long. She’s also Downey Mildew tolerant, and her fruit holds very well on the plant!

Photo from customer Chris.

Cucumber ‘Diva’

Vining 4″ Pot (58 days) This hybrid was the 2002 AAS winner, so ya know it’s awesome! A quintessential seedless and burpless cuke, they are best harvested at 4-8”. Ideal fresh eater/slicer! Photo courtesy Totally Tomatoes.

Cucumber ‘Dragon’s Egg’

Vining 4″ Pot Doesn’t this just SOUND like a Contrary veggie?! A unique AND yummy cuke that kids will ADORE, it is creamy white and the size of a large egg—sweet tasting and mild! An heirloom from Croatia, and VERY limited!

Photo courtesy Baker Creek.


Cucumber ‘Early Fortune’

Cucumber Early Fortune

(55 days)- AKA Special Dark Green, this slicing cuke grows to about 7-8” long and only 2” in diameter. Around since about 1906, he is very dependable and rarely bitter!

Cucumber ‘Early Spring Burpless’

Vining 4″ Pot (58 days) A delicious hybrid with 10-12” burpless, bitter-free fruits; no need to even peel! Early and a heavy yielder. (photo courtesy Totally Tomatoes)

Cucumber ‘Jibai Shimoshirazu’

Cucumber Jibai Shimoshirazu (courtesy Baker Creek)

(65 days) Another Japanese wonder, this one produces slightly shorter cukes (7-8”) with the same awesome taste! Powdery Mildew resistent also.

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.

Cucumber ‘Marketer’

This one is sweet, productive, and ideal for heat and humidity!

Cucumber ‘Mexican Gherkin’

Cucumber Mexican Gherkin (from customer Deb)

(70 days)- This absolutely adorable creature is a MUST TRY!!!! Just look at the picture—-they look like tiny little fairy watermelons, and when ripe taste zingy and lemony and like they have already been pickled! VERY addicting to eat while you are toiling away in the garden and they are VERY nutritious (ancient Aztecs made the cucamelons a big part of their diets).

I grew mine in my Veg Trug on my back patio, trellised, and my Sheltie Finnegan figured out how to oh so carefully stretch himself to reach them to pick. It was a daily struggle to get my share (good thing they produce like crazy!!!) I will ALWAYS grow these little marvels! Photo from customer Deb.

Cucumber ‘Miniature White’

Cucumber Mini White


Bush-Like various (50 days) An EXCELLENT bush-type baby cuke, adorable and delicious! Great as a pickler or fresh eater, very productive, and can even be grown in containers! Did I mention how cute it is too?!

Cucumber ‘Muncher

Cucumber Muncher

Vining Various (60 days) A Burpless tender variety that you can pickle with (pick when 4-6” long) or us as a fresh eater (pick at 6-8” long). Great producer, non-bitter! (photo courtesy Baker Creek)

Cucumber ‘Sikkim’ 

Vining 3.5″ Pot Geography lesson—do ya know where Sikkim is?! I didn’t, but do now; it is on the slopes of the Himalayas, between India and Tibet. This odd creature was first discovered in 1848 by Sir Joseph Hooker (you know, the English Botanist!). This one can reach several pounds in size, and is a pretty rusty red. It is great eaten raw OR cooked (yes, in Asia cukes are often stir fried….try it, ya know I will!) VERY unique and a conversation starter; as yummy as it is weird looking! After trying it, I conclude that is is a MUST GROW both for the weirdness factor and the taste! Go on, expand your Cucumber Palette!!!

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.

Cucumber ‘Snow’s Fancy Pickling’ 

Cucumber Snow’s Fancy Pickling

Vining 3 1/2″ Pot (55 days) This one is actually from the Famous Snow Pickle Farm in Rockford, Illinois! (o.k., so it WAS famous in 1905!) Produces longish skinny fruits (5” x 1½”), thin fleshed and crunchy.

Cucumber ‘Suyo Long’

Vining Various (65 days) This is hands-down my absolute FAVORITE cuke EVER! Produces long skinny fruits in abundance that have a very rich taste (no blandness or bitterness!). I would advise peeling them as they have lots of spiny bumps, but you will thank me for recommending this one!

Cucumber ‘Tendergreen Burpless’

Cucumber Tendergreen Burpless

This is another of our faves! Very productive and smooth skinned, this burpless English variety is Da Bomb!

Cucumber ‘Tokiwa Tokyo Green’

I’m apparently obsessed with Japanese Cucumbers as this is another “new” one I can’t wait to try! Described as buttery, sweet, never bitter and almost mildew proof.

Cucumber Tokiwa Tokyo Green

Photo courtesy of Baker Creek.

Cucumber ‘Yamato Extra Long’

This burpless and tender variety is best picked when two feet long!!! It is the most traditionally used one at Sushi Bars.