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Cucumber, Lemon

Short Description

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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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

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
65 days
Fruit Size
3-4 inches
Full Sun
24 inches
6-8 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
8 inches
Life Cycle
Cucumber, Lemon is rated 4.285714285714286 out of 5 by 21.
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
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lemon cucs I have vines of these climbing over large piles of old timber in burn piles in our pasture. I would not touch them barehanded for fear they were poisonous. I am excited to know they are harmless & edible. I have no idea how they came to be on the property at two different locations unless birds or wind brought the seeds in. My thought was that they were some type of wild gourds. I made photos of the vines and fruit to help in my search for the identiy of them. There were 50 or more cucs at each location and the vines Looked to spread 6 to 10 feet but of course there may have been many plants that I couldn't see.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait to grow again! Last summer was my first vegetable garden experience and I just picked seeds from that seemed interesting and unusual. Our family loved the lemon cucumbers. We had them in salads, sandwiches, or just plain fresh out of the garden for a juicy treat! We are growing these again this summer! Would highly recommend for north Texas. It was EXTREMELY hot last summer and these cukes survived!
Date published: 2012-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Last summer I planted a 12 foot row of these along a trellis. The plants grew and developed into large vines, but I didn't get a single cucumber all year. My other cucumbers did fine. I was incredibly excited to try these based on the reviews, and the failure to get any was the biggest disappointment in last year's garden. That being said I've ordered them again this year and am going to give them another shot. Only time will tell...
Date published: 2012-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The real lemon cucumber I grew up on lemon cucumbers and have been growing them myself since I was about 10 (about 50 years!). I don't grow any other variety because nothing else can even come close to these. But if I ever missed picking one and it started to look like the ones in the picture, I would quickly lob it over the fence for the deer. I don't understand how anyone could possibly enjoy a lemon cucumber like the onse in the picture. The seeds would be big and hard, it would be watery and sour and disgusting. When picked they should have NO YELLOW on them whatsoever!! They are a beautiful pale green and the seeds are so tender you won't even know they are there! I feel bad that probably the majority of people who buy these don't like them because they mistakenly think they are supposed to look like a lemon! What a tragedy! So here's my little bit to help make the world a better place. I do peel them usually, but its not necessary if you rub the tiny black stickers off them with your thumb when you wash them. They are almost never bitter. If you get the odd plant that produces slightly bitter ones, just pull it out. Your other plants will produce plenty. You must keep them picked or they will stop bearing. Letting them get like that infamous picture would completely stop that section of the vine from bearing for a week! If you don't want to take up an ever-increasing patch of your garden (they continue to grow until frost), make a "cage" out of concrete reinforcing wire. 7' tall and about 2' in diameter. You can have it welded or use zip ties, or just bend the ends over to hook on the other edge. These work great for tomatoes as well. The holes in this wire mesh are big enough to reach your hand in to pick your cukes! Happy tender cucumber growing! And should know better!!!
Date published: 2012-01-09
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