Cucumber, Salad Bush Hybrid
Full-sized, full-flavored 8" slicers on tiny plants.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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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 Maturity57 daysFruit Size8 inchesSunFull SunSpread26 inchesHeight6-8 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin24 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Cucumber, Salad Bush Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 8.Rated 5 out of 5 by citygrower from great flavor and great yield I have planted these in the past but had much better luck this year. 3 plants produced as much as I could eat (I am the only one in our house who eats cucumbers regularly). The cukes were crisp and sweet. The vines were definitely longer than I expected but were still much smaller than other varieties. They started dying in late August but overall I was impressed.Date published: 2013-09-06Rated 4 out of 5 by SStephens from lots of cucumbers My plants are taller than the stated plant size and grew like crazy! Blossoms galore have now turned into lots of cucumbers! The bumblebees love these too! Keep well watered though, as they are very thirsty and wilt in the southern heat ! No problems with pests of any sort in containers on my deck. I'm using cages in my containers to help support the plants - I highly recommend a trellis or cage! Great tasting cucumbers as well!Date published: 2013-07-18Rated 5 out of 5 by Novice2 from great Cucumber The plants are healthy and full of yellow blooms. I can't wait to enjoy the cucumbers!Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 1 out of 5 by Anonymous from Cucumber, Salad Bush Hybrid I am very disappointed in my order. I know the order was for 30 seeds which I receive but at least 3 are doubtful they will come up. I would think that at the price of $4.95 you put a few extra. I will not be purchasing any more seeds from Burpees.Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 1 out of 5 by dadiffer from bush cucumbers i only got two plants to germinate, planted these years ago and they did ok, wish more had germinated.Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 5 out of 5 by QueenieJeannie from Very pleased Planted a short, 3 foot row in an organic raised bed. We had plenty of cucs before the heat and drought of summer crippled the plants but I replanted again in mid August and got another crop before the first freeze. Am ordering again this year.Date published: 2012-03-25Rated 1 out of 5 by ctsb from What happened? I got zero cukes. Plenty of flowers, saw the bees polinating, but nothing. Will try a different variety next year.Date published: 2010-08-10Rated 4 out of 5 by shwanky from Another great producer! This as well as the bush champion were in my garden this year simply due to its BUSH characteristics. It was a good choice. Nicely compact keeping itself from intermingling with the other cuke plants on the fence and from invading the space of nearby plants. Made harvesting a breeze. Nuisance insects were at a bare minimum this year, I think due to less cramped space this year in my garden overall. THis was a great producer early on and right up to the hottest part of the summer , due to disease, or maybe just natural life span. Leaves started turning brown, very crispy, still producing fruit but very sub par. We had planty of cukes for our liking and our neighbors with 3 of these and 3 bush champions! Will order again!!Date published: 2007-11-11