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Cucumber, Lemon

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Lemon yellow cucumbers are tender and sweet, excellent for salads and pickling.

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Don't be fooled by this heirloom's unusual shape-these bright yellow balls are excellent for salads and pickling. They have a clean, crisp taste and are never bitter. Normal-sized vines yield heavily and for a long time.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Specialty

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

65 days

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

3-4 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

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  • Cucumbers

    Cucumbers
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
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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 1 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.
Type
Specialty
Days To Maturity
65 days
Fruit Size
3-4 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
8 inches
Cucumber, Lemon is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Large harvest Once they started coming, they didn't stop. We ate them in salads, marinated, and pickled.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different It was a bad year for growing cucumbers in our area. The few I got were good, not as bitter as regular ones. Everyone that saw them were fascinated. I'll probably try them again next year. All my cucumber plants are dead already.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lemon Cucumber Seeds I love lemon cucumbers, and was so thankful to see that Burpee has them for order. The seeds are fresh, and I've got a good return on my planting and caring efforts. Anyone that likes cucumbers will love lemon cucumbers. They take no effort in preparing and eating them, any time you want. Yum.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lemon Cucumbers We love these Cucumbers & the best thing is, no one else has them!!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A prolific novelty cucumber Surprise your friends - make them guess what they are. Most think they're gourds. The mature yellow ones are the ones to show off - the younger are white and are better eating. And they keep flowering and producing when your green cucs are pooped out and gone. Great addition to the Earthbox garden.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love these little beauties What more can I can say...crisp, sweet tangy, easy grower, keeps well...A real favorite. Enjoy!
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Probably my favorite cucumber ever This was my first time growing lemon cucumbers or even trying them and, wow, were they amazing! First, you don't want to pick them when they're orange or they'll be bitter. Pick them when they're still a pale green. The taste is incredibly mild, and my boyfriend who doesn't like cucumbers, said that he thought they were alright! Score! The small size makes it perfect for adding to a salad with nothing wasted, and the skin is not tough or bitter. Another plus is its disease resistance. I'm growing it with a national pickling cucumber, which has a leaf spotting disease, and they're climbing all over each other. Although the national pickling cucumber has this disease, the lemon cucumber is unfazed and is going strong. I'm really pleased with this variety and highly recommend it!
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I love these guys! Bad seeds this year though :( I grew the same seeds last year with great success. The cucumbers are just fantastic, I even talked some people at Home Depot into buying some seedlings of these instead of normal Straight 8s. However! This year I'm having a real problem with germination. One seed has sprouted out of maybe 15 or so I've put in the ground. I even put more in to see if they'd start, and nothing yet. Maybe I just got a bad batch? The zucchini and squash seeds sprouted in next door hills just fine. Fingers crossed :(
Date published: 2015-04-30
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