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Cucumber, Bush Champion

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You won't believe the large number of crisp, bright green slicers you'll get.

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No room for vines? Bush types take one-third the space, so they're great for containers and raised beds. Bush Champion's huge 8 to12" cukes make this our favorite mini. You won't believe the large number of crisp, bright green slicers you'll get from the pint-sized plants. Mosaic resistant and productive. Proven tops for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability.
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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.

8-12 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.

24 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

6-8 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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Container Vegetables - Cucumbers
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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
8-12 inches
Full Sun
24 inches
6-8 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
24 inches
Life Cycle
Cucumber, Bush Champion is rated 3.7429 out of 5 by 35.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Failed crop I usually plant vining cucumbers with great results. This season, I decided to try a bush variety. Surprise surprise! These weren't bush cucumbers at all, but rather formed vines about 4 to 5 feet long. They were slow to germinate ( direct seeded) but took off pretty quickly once they did. The vines were covered with flowers but formed very few cucumbers. Out of 3 plants, I only got 6 cukes. They were also kind of spiney. By early August, the plants petered out. I cut back the vines and hope they will resurge for a fall crop.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprise--massive vining plants I didn't want vining cucumbers this year due to space needed for nearby construction and deliberately picked bush plants, sacrificing the flavor of the cucumbers I prefer just so I could still have cucumbers. I had to double check the packet of seeds after I returned home from a week's vacation in early July to ensure that I had indeed purchased bush cucumbers. Due to the insane amount of rain we had in July, I knew my plants would do well when I was away, but I didn't expect my cucumbers to start vining. I had to rig supports after the fact, and had a very hard time limiting damage to the plants; the result is less than satisfactory. You can see how big the "bush champion" cucumbers got in the picture and I don't think that they've reached their maximum height yet! The stakes are 6 ft tall and since many of the plants had already tangled together when I was gone, some of them were impossible to untangle without damaging, so they are spilling over the sides of my raised bed. The cucumbers I received are also extremely prickly, which I don't think is characteristic of bush champion. On a positive note, the cucumbers are definitely doing and are relatively resistant to mosaic virus. I have cucumber beetles which I find too much of a bother to attempt to control (don't like using pesticides on my food and it's impossible to reach all the nooks and crannies of the intertwined cucumber vines). I have had a small portion of a vine die off due to mosaic, but the disease hasn't spread in spite of favorable climate conditions for it to do so.
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from BUSH Cucumber? Although these seeds have produced healthy plants that are covered with flowers, i am not sure that i rec'd the correct seeds. they appear to be vines with the usual tendrils, and are climbing the fence and spilling out of the bed. If i had the room I'd be thrilled, but in my 3x3 bed, it's completely overwhelming.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cucumber a day! Every day I can pick at least one cucumber out of 3 plants! I was worried I wouldn't have enough for salads because one plant is not doing well, but wow was I wrong. The cucumbers aren't a wet sloppy mess inside, they have very little seeds/juice, which makes them perfect for a mid afternoon snack or for some nice spicy pickles. I highly recommend this cucumber to anyone. Very easy to grow
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, plentiful cucumbers! I direct sowed these cucumbers in my garden here in Oklahoma and got amazing cucumbers all the way through July -- more than we could eat by a long-shot! They were delicious in salads and they also made tasty bread and butter pickles. My only regret was that I couldn't pick them fast enough! They go from being the perfect size to overly large very quickly, so be sure to keep an eye on them.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Go-To Cucumber I have planted these since I started gardening, and I will continue to plant them. I always get nice long delicious cucumbers every year and every year they consistently produce way more cucumbers then I know what to do with. I have tried so many different slicers and none will compare to this for bush type slicers. I am going to quit trying new ones and just plant the ones I know will perform, Bush Champion!
Date published: 2013-12-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My bad I planted these too early before the summer heat had really set in and they stunted and produced nothing. :(
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome cucumbers I planted these in may and since june I been harvesting cucumbers it july now in fort worth,tx and I still got a bush full of them they taste awesome waiting to pickle them will order these seeds when I need more
Date published: 2013-07-07
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