A cucumber superstar, this classic has excellent flavor and is widely adapted.
This heirloom, All-America Selections winner is a cuke for all seasons. Pick when 8" long for top flavor. For perfect cukes, grow them on a fence or our space-saving Trellis Netting. Sow seeds 6" apart in rows, or plant 5 or 6 seeds in groups (hills) 4 to 5' apart.
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.
Days To Maturity
The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.
The average size of the fruit produced by this product.
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.
The width of the plant at maturity.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
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
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-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for 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
This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13
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.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
Cucumber, Straight Eight is rated
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Rated 5 out of
Very Strong PlantI grew from seed in portable green houses, planted the started plant in both my garden and my mothers garden. The plants did well in each garden. Planted early June, producing great sized cucumbers in Late July. Plants are producing so many flowers I am afraid my neighborhood bees are going to start protesting for higher wages.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of
Jim L from
A bounty of excellent quality fruitsI've grown a number of different slicing and pickling cucumbers on an inclined trellis in my garden, was always pleased with the Market more, Saladbush and other popular cultivars, but I was very glad that this year I put in Straight Eights. We planted from seed, 5 or 6 to a hill, four hills, and I believe all except one or two seeds sprouted. The seedlings right away had a vigorous feel to them - you could tell that they were just itching to grow - and they started flowering as soon as I began training them up the trellis. They were easily trained, throwing out dozens of anchoring tendrils and a thick curtain of huge green leaves. They've just now begun to bear full-size 8-in fruit, and they are delicious, the crispest, sweetest slicer I've ever grown. I'm particularly impressed with how small is the pith and seed structures, as nearly all of the fruit is the delicious sweet moist flesh. I'll definitely be growing them again next year.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 2 out of
Where are the flowers and cucumbers???My plant is 6 ft tall and yet nothing is happening! No diseases thus far, no big pest issues either, but no production either and i planted these months ago! What am i doing wrong?
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 4 out of
Overall Good Quality, Would Grow This AgainAs my title suggests, this cucumber has overall good quality both in fruit and the plant itself. It gets downy mildew rather easily (I have grown this variety three years in the past and have three-week old plants to make it my fourth season with them) but other than that is quite disease resistant. It trellises very well and the vines are tough enough to support the humongous fruits. The fruits get twelve inches long but are rather bitter unless you pick them just before the cuke reaches maturity (the fruit I mean). The skin is quite tough and I have to peel/skin them before my family can eat them. They are also rather prickly (spiny) on the outside. My favorite cuke I have grown in the garden is Muncher, which says a lot because I am overly picky :). But overall, this is a variety I would (and am) growing again because it is very cost-efficient, a super-heavy producer, and tastes great on the inside. I would also recommend this to my friends.
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 5 out of
the bestI grow straight eight every year. Never have any problems at all. All of the seeds i planted germinated with no issues. I have eight plants growing right now. Remember to keep harvesting in order for the plants to keep producing.
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 4 out of
Will grow anywhere!These cucumbers seem to be able to germinate and grow in just about any soil. Very productive too. They will get bitter and seedy unless you pick them early, and they are susceptible to downy mildew and other diseases, but you will get plenty of cucumbers before that becomes an issue. I can't grow them anymore because of disease in my area, but these were my most successful crop when I was a beginning gardener in the city.
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 5 out of
Reliable and DeliciousLast year they grew great and this year they are as well, even though I got started late this year. (I should be ready to start picking next week). Got some flea beetle damage, but kept them at bay with a sprayer of water, cider vinegar, cayenne and natural dish soap. It also keeps the woodchuck away from them.
I'll probably never move away from the Straight Eight.
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 1 out of
No luck with the Straight EightI grew a 14 foot row of "straight eight" and ever will again. They are HIGHLY susceptible to Downy Mildew and came down with it almost immediately. I don't use a lot of chemicals on my vegetables especially after they start to bloom, because it can harm pollenators, like bees. I think I got maybe 5 of these cukes before I ripped them out and planted some peas for fall.
I had better luck with a Burpee pickling cuke, but still very disappointing yield. even