Cucumber, Sugar Crunch Hybrid
Crisp, crunchy texture means you can fix these cucumbers in all sorts of new ways.
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 Size4-5 inchesSunFull SunSpread36 inchesHeight6-8 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin24 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Cucumber, Sugar Crunch Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 12.Rated 5 out of 5 by healthyfamily from What a success! We planted these cucumbers last year and they were amazing. They were delicious for regular eating and they made the yummiest bread and butter pickles. We keep close garden records and out of ONE package of seeds, we ended up with 485 cucumbers! We are going for them again hoping for similar results this year!Date published: 2013-05-18Rated 5 out of 5 by 6chicks from Best Ever Cucumber These are the best cucumbers I have ever grown or eaten. I pick them before they plump out when the bumps are starting to flatten out and the cuke is slightly shiny. The seeds are still real small but the cucumber is loaded with sweet flavor and crunch; they are so refreshing. I train them up my cyclone fence by tucking in the leaves through the fence and the tendrils hold it in place. My grandchildren love them, too, and we eat the whole thing. No need to peel because there is no bitter taste at all.Date published: 2012-06-14Rated 5 out of 5 by materfedfresnite from crunchy sweet I found these cucumbers to be nice and sweet, never bitter. The crunch was superior, especially when picked a little small. Fresno is hot and dry so I put a lot of compost in the soil and did not water them as much. They seemed to like the heat until it got above 105 but recuperated when it cooled down and started producing again, unlike other veggies in this region. The seeds get yucky and hard if you let these cukes get large.Date published: 2012-01-06Rated 5 out of 5 by GardenCrazyLady from Sugar Crunch Cucumber This is truly a new trend in cucumbers. I have planted them for three years now in my garden. Picked small, at about 3 or 4 inches long you just cut them in half the long way, put on a bit of salt and eat. Or 4 to 5 inch you can slice for in a salad. Either way... no need to peel. The peeling is tender when small. This is a mild flavored cucumber. It grew well and kept producing as long as I kept the fruit picked off. The yeild was spectacular to say the least. I had so many I gave them to my relation and friends and then took extras to my church to give away there. My daughter took some to work and had them sliced in half on a plate for her lunch and she drove all her co-workers crazy as they could smell them and they all wanted them. I sent some for her to give out there. Everyone who has them seems to enjoy them...but for pickling I use the regular kind of cucumbers with the stronger flavor and thicker skins.Date published: 2010-08-25Rated 5 out of 5 by marci1114 from Best tasting cucumber This was by far the best cucumber we have ever grown. The flavor was exceptional and not bitter. Could be eaten peel and all. Our friends thought the same and all of us enjoyed a bumper crop. That is why we are back to get more seeds for this year. Money well spent.Date published: 2010-03-14Rated 5 out of 5 by alyemm from very good In a very wet summer here in NJ this cucumber did great. I grew it with a standard slicer and it far outperformed it. The skins were thin a the taste was sweet and clean. It was one of the only vegetables other than the zucchini that grew well this summer. I will try it again this year and hope for less rain. All in all a great tasting cucumber.Date published: 2009-12-30Rated 1 out of 5 by lmrb from worthless I planted half of the seeds and got one monster weed instead. I was so disappointed.Date published: 2009-07-20Rated 3 out of 5 by Birdie from Weak producer These cukes were bitter unless I watered them like mad. They looked nothing like the photo, as they were much smaller and lighter green and bumpier. When they weren't bitter, the flavor was fine, but not sweet.Date published: 2008-10-23