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Cucumber, Sugar Crunch Hybrid

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Crisp, crunchy texture means you can fix these cucumbers in all sorts of new ways.

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This remarkably sweet cucumber with crisp, crunchy texture means you can fix cucumbers in all sorts of new ways. It has the smooth tender skin of a greenhouse cuke yet the petite size of a pickler. The plant makes mostly female flowers, so expect an incredible 60 to 70 cukes per plant. Best when just 4 or 5" long. Vines are compact (though not a bush) and resistant to Cucumber mosaic virus and powdery and downy mildews.
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Type 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.

Snacking

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

57 days

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

4-5 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

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    Cucumbers
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors 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 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 Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors 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
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
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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 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.
Type
Snacking
Days To Maturity
57 days
Fruit Size
4-5 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
24 inches
Cucumber, Sugar Crunch Hybrid is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful cucumbers, they are the Best Cucumbers, we have grown,, produce tons & so sweet and good length,, never bitter,, I pick around 50-40 a day off 5 hills,, they are wonderful,,
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best eating cucumber! I have been growing this variety for years. Friends and coworkers ask where I purchased the seeds and I share your website with them. These are thin skinned, sweet and can be eaten at any size even right off the vine.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good I liked this cucumber a lot.. it is very prolific and produced a lot of fruit!
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sugar crunch-there is N O other (; - )) have planted this little critter for 4 years now-fantastic
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our most productive cucumber We were extremely pleased with this variety. The percentage of seeds that actually sprouted was disappointingly low but those that did survive ended up producing a minimum of 45 delicious cucumbers per plant. We will be looking forward to growing sugar crunch again next year.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2013-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2012-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2012-01-06
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