Cucumber, Palace King Hybrid
Very thin skin, mild flavor, and crisp texture.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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 Maturity62 daysFruit Size12 inchesSunFull SunSpread48 inchesHeight6-8 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin24 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Cucumber, Palace King Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 16.Rated 2 out of 5 by Gardengirl65 from Bummed! I am soooooooooo disappointed in these cukes. Beautiful plants, but i only got 2 fruits from 6 plants! The 2 cukes i ate were delish, but wasted alot of room for no production,Date published: 2015-10-06Rated 5 out of 5 by MariAnnLisenbe from Great conversation starter (and fantastic crunch)! These cucumbers are nothing short of amazing! Yes, they are nobby, but that's not a problem because you're not supposed to skin them! You eat these babies skin and all. When cut cross-wise, they make a beautiful addition to salad. I eat them fresh, in salads, and have made some crunchy bread and butter pickles out of them. I live in hot Houston, and I'm still picking cucumbers in August. These can grow up to 20" long, and still be crunchy and tasty - never pithy. The seeds are very small. The ones in this picture were waiting for us after a week in Colorado. Even the biggest ones were excellent.Date published: 2015-08-08Rated 5 out of 5 by DBinNoVa from My all-time favorite cucumber! This is my favorite cucumber of all time! Sweet, delicious, prolific - once you taste these "funny looking" cucumbers you will never go back to the "regular" ones. I have planted these for the past 4-5 years and I am completely hooked.Date published: 2015-01-14Rated 4 out of 5 by Ltbeauti from Very Crunchy I have planted these every year for the last 5 years. They are a good crunchy cucumber. They are skinny and have lots of spikes but the skins are so thin that there is no need to peel them.Date published: 2014-09-18Rated 5 out of 5 by vagardner2014 from Makes a great scalloped Pickling Cucumber !! super looking pickle.. when you cut in slices it gives it a scalloped look, very fancy looking. I made pickles and they turned out great. it also tastes great as a cucumber to eat also... mine produced a few cucumbers at a time... so if you had a few plants you had 6-8 twelve inch cucmbers to make 7 lbs or so of pickles with. I picked them when it was like 1 inch thick and they had no seeds which was great.Date published: 2014-08-22Rated 2 out of 5 by Hajnalka from Not a fan. I realize I'm in the minority here, but I'm not fond of these cukes. For me: They mature/develop slowly, don't set a lot of fruit, and are impossible to harvest young (under about 10".) They're knobby and spiny. Flesh is white and flavorless, with a lot of seeds. The plants themselves are healthy, and seed germinated well. I am giving them the low rating because of low yield, long development time, and lack of any flavor. I may have done something wrong with these guys??? In the future I'll stick with Diva or Sweeter Yet, two varieties that have given me TONS of flavorful cukes. Happy gardening, -HDate published: 2014-08-01Rated 5 out of 5 by PaulH from The best cucumber I have had It's been nearly 20 years since I planted the first one. Ordering the same thing has been my annual ritual. Remember to NOT plant any squash type of plant in the same spot two years in a row. You must enrich your soil or rotate to another location after a year or two. Full sun is very important; it could make it or break it. Just think about it this way: if you wake up and not go to the restroom and not eat or drink until noon…that's right. for a full-sun plant to not get any direct sun until noon is just like barring yourself from everything until noon.Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 5 out of 5 by BabyDoll from Palace King Cucumber Haven't had the chance to plant them yet, but we're going to do that tomorrow. Up where we live it's hot and cucumbers do very well. We had been looking for this type of cucumber for quite some time now as my husband likes to make Japanese Pickle Slices. This out to be perfect for that dish.Date published: 2012-05-09