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Cucumber, Spacemaster

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Great for small areas.

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This compact cucumber is ideal for containers or hanging baskets. Its short, hardy vines produce slender, dark green fruits 7 1/2" long. It's prolific and great in salads or plain. Resistant to Cucumber mosaic virus and scab.
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Days To Maturity

56 days

Fruit Size

8 inches


Full Sun

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26 inches


6-8 inches

Sow Method

Direct Sow

Planting Time

Spring, Summer

Sow Time

After Last Frost

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24 inches

Life Cycle


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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
    56 days
    Fruit Size
    8 inches
    Full Sun
    26 inches
    6-8 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Planting Time
    Spring, Summer
    Sow Time
    After Last Frost
    24 inches
    Life Cycle
  • Cucumber, Spacemaster is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Cucumber! I planted these cucumber plants in buckets and they have done well! I pick least 3 a day from just one plant! They taste very good!
    Date published: 2011-06-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good performer Whilst cucumbers are not my things, my wife likes them. We have used this one a the sole plantinf for two years & it works just fine. Happy to be sown direct, in situ, it develops rapidily & soons starts & keeps cropping until frost (or hail) cut it down. Pickles well.
    Date published: 2010-05-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good cucumbers I don't understand why this seed packet is nearly $5 on the Burpee website, and yet I only paid $1.07 for the exact same packet and brand at Wal-Mart. At any rate - we grew 2 of these plants in a large flower pot last year. I sowed them directly into the soil after our last frost date. They produced both large and small cucumbers and were very tasty. I had a huge problem with cucumber beetles, but sprayed them frequently with a solution of water and Dawn dish soap, which seemed to help. This year I'm going to look into an organic commercial solution to control them. I recommend these cukes for the patio gardener and for those with a small garden space. I also liked the fact that there weren't very many of those sharp prickly spikes on the fruit.
    Date published: 2009-03-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for large spaces too I live in Lexington,NC and we planted these cukes in our regular garden area for two years in a row. Both years we had crazy large yeilds. Its not been uncommon for us to get 9-10 inch long cucumbers that were almost equally big around! The best part was that unlike some breeds the Spacemasters never lost anything in flavor by getting to this size!
    Date published: 2008-08-14
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Short Cucumbers I grew these in a raised bed in Tallahassee. The soil was new top soil. They had partial sun and soaker water. The cucumbers were only about 4-5 inches long. Some were round. Overall, I wasn't too impressed.
    Date published: 2007-09-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is the best bush cucumber I've ever tried. It germinates well, produces healthy plants, and seems to have a good yield. I had a small problem with the powdery mildew. However, a mixture of water, baking soda, vegetable oil, and dishwashing detergent removed the majority of the mildew and the plants have come back very strong and healthy.
    Date published: 2006-06-25
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