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Cucumber, Early Pride Hybrid

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Bears huge crops of gorgeous cukes.

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This Burpee bred cucumber is proven tops for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability. It bears huge crops of gorgeous cukes. Harvest starts early and keeps on producing for many weeks. Dark green fruits are 8 1/2" by 2" with crisp, juicy flesh. Plants are powdery mildew and Cucumber mosaic virus tolerant. 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' apart.
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Days To Maturity

55 days

Fruit Size

8-9 inches

Sun

Full Sun

Spread

24 inches

Height

6-8 inches

Sow Method

Direct Sow

Planting Time

Spring, Summer

Sow Time

After Last Frost

Thin

24 inches

Life Cycle

Annual

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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
    8-9 inches
    Sun
    Full Sun
    Spread
    24 inches
    Height
    6-8 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Planting Time
    Spring, Summer
    Sow Time
    After Last Frost
    Thin
    24 inches
    Life Cycle
    Annual
  • Cucumber, Early Pride Hybrid is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good Cuke First year growing these and we love them. Germination rate was around 90%. The plant are strong and vigorous and took right to our trellises. No disease problems at all. The cukes grow very slowly when they first set, but then look out - these plants are heavy producers when they get going. The cukes have a nice dark green skin and the seeds are quite small, even when the cukes reach 12" long. The flavor is very mild and we haven't had a bitter one yet, even when they got a little too big. They also last a long time in the fridge, even after they've been cut. Will definitely grow again next year.
    Date published: 2014-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Cucumbers This is the second year we have planted this type of cucumber. We have picked over 450 cucumbers in a little over a month. They are record producers and are so sweet and crisp. They also do well in sandy soil and dry and hot weather. Will be sure to use this type from now on.
    Date published: 2012-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from was happy to see these plants produce many cukes. cant wait to grow them again
    Date published: 2010-01-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wonderful Early Pride Hybrid This is the best cucumber plant I have ever used! It definately gets the highest rating available. The plants produce faster when you grow them without any pampering, just water them a bunch and give them something to vine on. Super speedy growth caught me off gaurd and I had to rearrange some other vegies to give the cukes something to lean on. Give them space! For some reason, this hybrid feeds alot quicker than my other cukes, and I recommend you don't keep them confined to one little patch of garden, though I'm pretty sure they would grow just as good. I have them in every garden in my yard. The best thing to wake up to is a fresh, tender cuke from the garden.
    Date published: 2006-10-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Cow!!! Me and my wife planted two hills of this variety--- mistake!! These plants are out producing our zukes!!! We love the yield, but we have to give away so much of our harvest, we just can't use all of them!!! Great plant, yields are amazing, thanks for a great hybrid Burpee!!!!
    Date published: 2006-08-02
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