Also known as Yard Long or Serpent cucumber. It is actually more closely related to cantaloupes. It has a light green deeply ribbed skin. Its flavor is mild, burpless and can be eaten with the skin on. Best when eaten at 12 to 18 inches long. It's fruit grows fairly straight when grown on a trellis, more curved and twisted when grown on the ground. Approximately 75 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season ClimatesSOWING: For an early start, sow seeds indoors 2 to 3 weeks before setting out. Plant in individual peat pots and cover with 1/4 inch fine soil. Sow seed directly outdoors after all danger of frost has passed and weather has warmed considerably. Indoor started seedlings can be transplanted outdoors after cool weather has passed also.
THINNING AND SPACING: In rows leave 8 to 12 inches between plants. Space rows 3 to 4 feet apart. When planting in hills, leave 6 to 8 plants per hill spaced 4 to 6 feet apart.
GERMINATION: Approximately 7-10 days in 70 degree temperatures; longer in cooler weather. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Rich well drained soil is ideal for cucumbers. Processed manure or compost are excellent soil additives. Water deep and feed every 3 weeks. Can be grown on trellis or fence for support. Pick fruit carefully and regularly for continued harvest.