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Cucumber, Summer Dance Hybrid

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Japanese burpless variety with high resistance to Downy and Powdery mildew.

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‘Summer Dance’ will delight you with sweet, melodious flavor. Glossy, deep-green 9” fruits are packed with sparkling refreshment. Japanese burpless variety grows like crazy, sending out numerous lateral vines for high yields. High resistance to Downy mildew and Powdery mildew; tolerant to heat stress.
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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.

Asian

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

55 days

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

9 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.

18-22 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-48 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
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13
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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.
Type
Asian
Days To Maturity
55 days
Fruit Size
9 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
18-22 inches
Height
36-48 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
36 inches
Cucumber, Summer Dance Hybrid is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strongest producer and survivor yet! This cucumber is the most successful I've had yet in my 5 years of northern gardening (zone 3-4) in retirement. Usually, powdery mildew overtakes the butternut squash, pumpkins and summer squash, and then spreads to my cucumbers. Not this year! I still have summer dance hybrid cucumbers coming (Sept. 17th), although the plants are surrounded by powdery mildew on pumpkins et al. it has not spread to the cucumber plants. The cucumbers themselves are delicious. I will definitely stick with this variety in the future. Thank you!
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!!! I live in South Central Texas where there Summers can be hot and dry... Usually the cukes I plant only produce for a couple of weeks before they burn out... The Summer Dance Hybrid are still producing. I planted them in the Spring and am still picking some... The taste great and I am planning on ordering more and planting again next Spring....
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Desert Cukes! No powdery mildew! Planted first week of March, first cuke harvested May 22. Left town for a week, friend continued to water. One week later, he reported he had taken a few home, and there were six ready to harvest on our return home! Yesterday, offered to a friend, found a couple to give her, and today there are four more (see picture) ready to harvest; they grow overnight! In past, all cukes and melons and squash plantings were ended by mildew. None on these plants to date. With 100+ temps now expected daily, will see how much longer the plants live and produce. For this product, there were very few seeds, a lesson soon learned by this carefree home gardener. I had four hills and just scattered on the first two hills, finding I had an empty packet and had to rearrange the seeds! I will plant again.
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best harvest of cucumbers in years Tried this variety because I had problems with powdery mildew the past few years and, this variety was listed as "resistant" and I found that to be accurate. Plants grew all season long and produced healty plants with loads of tasty cucumbers. I will be planting these again.
Date published: 2015-11-11
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