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Cucumber, Burpee Hybrid II

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Cool, crisp flesh with great flavor

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Straight green fruits are about 8 1/2" long by 2 1/2" thick. Very high yielding, very early. This Burpee bred cuke is resistant to mosaic virus and downy mildew. For perfect cukes, grow them on a fence or our space-saving Trellis Netting. Sow seeds 6" apart in rows, or plant 5 or 6 seeds in groups (hills) 4-5 feet apart.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

55 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

6-8 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36-48 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

10-12 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Direct sowing is recommended, but to get a head start you can grow cucumbers indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost in individual biodegradable pots indoors. Sow 2-3 seeds per pot.
  • Sow seeds ½  inches deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Thin to one plant per pot.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sow in directly in the garden in fertile, warm soil after danger of frost has passed. Cucumber seeds will not germinate in soil colder than 60 degrees.
  • Sow seeds 3 inches apart in groups of 4-6. Cover with ½ inch of fine soil.
  • Space groups 19 to 26 inches apart each way.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
  • Thin to 3 or 4 strongest seedlings in each group when they are 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Cucumbers have a shallow root system, mulches help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • As plants grow mulch to control weeds, keep fruits off the ground and conserve moisture
  • Do not move the vines, they are easily injured.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • When cucumber seeds are direct-sown along a cucumber fence, vines can be trained to grow upright for easy picking and to save space for other plants to grow. Good companion vegetable plants are direct-sown radishes, bush snap beans, and transplants of compact herbs, peppers, eggplants and tomatoes. Attract bee pollinators by planting daisies such as sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias and coneflower, and mints such as bee balm, sage, oregano and lavender. More bees mean more chances flowers will be pollinated and develop into fruits.

Harvest & Preserving

  • Like most vegetables, cucumbers are tender and tastiest when harvested young before their seeds are fully developed.
  • Slicing cucumber varieties are generally ready for harvest when about six to eight inches long; pickling cucumber types at three to five inches- both in about 50-60 days from seeding.
  • To avoid damage cut fruit from the vine rather than pull
  • Don't allow the fruits to become overripe on the vine as this signals to the plant that the seed-development process is nearly complete and it will shut down.
  • Keep mature cucumber fruits picked to encourage further production. During hot weather cucumbers grow very fast, you may need to harvest every day.
  • Harvest the cucumber fruits early in the morning before the sun hits them for the best flavor and texture.
Days To Maturity
55 days
Fruit Size
6-8 inches
Full Sun
36-48 inches
10-12 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
24 inches
Life Cycle
Cucumber, Burpee Hybrid II is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Cucumbers Cucumbers are nice and straight, not bitter, very prolific, great for salads and for our favorite, "cucumbers, onions, and vinegar". Was definitely worth ordering the seed to get this variety.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not bitter, small seed cavity, big producer. I've been planting this cuke for many years except for a couple years here and there when I couldn't find them and was I disappointed with the substititutions! These are the best tasting (you can even eat the skin...not bitter) and most productive ever, at least for my soil and conditions. I've recommended them to others, but they think I am keeping the real name a secret because they are so hard to find in the stores and garden centers. Family and friends all look forward to getting my cukes every year. I hope you never discontinue this variety.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I live in Central Florida and Have grown it for many years it is by far the best cucumber to grow in Florida's climate the taste is absolutely perfect and it is extremely productive.
Date published: 2016-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Cucumbers Ever! We have been planting these Hybrid II cukes for many, many years. I was usually able to find the seeds in local stores, but last year and this year, I couldn't find any, so I ordered them directly from Burpee. We eat a lot of them on the table, and I make a lot of 14-Day Sweet Pickles and and Bread & Butter Pickles with them. I don't remember when Burpee first introduced them, but I think we have been planting them every year since. As long as they are kept picked, there are always blossoms still on the vines when frost kills the vines here in Minnesota.
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I rely on this variety. This is one of my two long-term favorite cucumber varieties. It has proven itself in my garden for over 30 seasons. It bears well and produces consistent fruit that have an excellent, white, smooth inside texture, crisp flesh, that makes them perfect for the bread & butter pickles that we make in quantity each year (7-10 cases). I rely on this variety. (If you are wondering, the other variety is Marketmore 76. I have tried many other varieties over the years, these two are my all-time winners. Even though they are both considered slicers, Burpee Hybrid II and Marketmore 76 make great pickles.)
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good cucumbers I am growing them in a earty box are doing very well
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Flavor First year I tried this cucumber.Excellent taste both as a slicer and pickle. Easy to grow and produces lots of fruit.
Date published: 2010-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Cucumber These cucumbers taste great, and are highly productive. I have picked over 25 6 to 9 inch cucumbers in one week.
Date published: 2008-06-12
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