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Cucumber, Straight Eight

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A cucumber superstar, this classic has excellent flavor and is widely adapted.

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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.
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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.

58 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

6-8 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.

36 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
58 days
Fruit Size
6-8 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
36 inches
Height
6-8 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
36 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Cucumber, Straight Eight is rated 4.523809523809524 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall Good Quality, Would Grow This Again As 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 5 by from the best I 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 5 by from 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 5 by from Reliable and Delicious Last 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 5 by from No luck with the Straight Eight I 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
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Straight eight A very prolific cucumber, producing much fruit. However, very susceptible to fungus--it's a plant that requires a lot of maintenance if you want a late crop. I've had success with them in partial shade rather than full sun.
Date published: 2013-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greastest Cuke Ever I planted this plant and several others in late July this year. At first it stayed bunched up, and then BOOM, it shot out with six different vines. The vines immediately produced several cucumbers. It is now early September and I have harvested one cucumber. It was ever more delicious than the store bought ones!!! Three others on the way, with one almost at harvest size. I ordered seeds for next year so that I can have more delicious cucumbers. Thank you Burpee!
Date published: 2012-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big producer!! Huge amount of fruit on vine. I just am not enamored of the size of the seeds in the fruit. Prefer a smaller seed. Fruit just a bit on the 'bitter' side for me.
Date published: 2012-08-12
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