Cucumber, Sweet Burpless Hybrid
This is the highest yielding burpless cucumber we've found yet.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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 Maturity55 daysFruit Size10 inchesSunFull SunSpread36 inchesHeight6-8 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin24 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Cucumber, Sweet Burpless Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 9.Rated 5 out of 5 by maxjohnson from Prolific producer This plant put out a ridiculous amount of fruits, unfortunately mine was heavily attacked by pests this season, otherwise I probably would have cucumber to eat everyday. Each cucumber is going to be at least a foot long when ready to harvest. It have a very mild sweet taste to it. Highly recommended if you can keep it pest free.Date published: 2015-01-31Rated 5 out of 5 by BC2014gardener from Hope your neighbors like cukes! You're going to get a great yield from these plants. We grew 4 plants and ended up giving away cucumbers all summer, they produced so well. Very crisp and tasty.Date published: 2014-09-21Rated 5 out of 5 by joeri from Holy Moly! They sure ain't telling lies about the yield... Phew :-p I've put out 3 plants and they are growing onto my fence. Boy, once they take off there's no stopping them! They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and all are very yummy! I'm glad I work in a zoo, so I can take some to work to feed to my animals :-p (I'm running out of neighbors lol) Anyway, no need to change next year, since this is a perfect one! I still have a lot of seeds left and they (should) last a couple of years if stored correctly :-)Date published: 2013-07-19Rated 5 out of 5 by Love2pickle from Great, tasty cucumber! Planted these last year and loved them. Had a bounty of cucumbers all season-enough to give a way and I only planted 4 plants.None were bitter even though it gets hot here and my other cukes get bitter. Although these cannot be pickled, I did make some great relish with them. Planted them again this year , so far the plant are doing well. Have blooms already. I hope Burpee always sells these seeds because these are the best cukes I have grown and eaten!Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 5 out of 5 by cukesalad from Cucumber Bliss! I love cucumbers (in case you couldn't tell from my name)! They are my favorite food. I have grown so many different varieties over the years. Some successes, some dismal failures. I planted this variety last year and it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. ;) I like a narrow cuke with small seeds and no bitterness and these really fit the bill. They grow long and slender and taste outstanding. They are very, very prolific and pretty much took over the raised bed I had them growing in as well as the trellis they were planted under. I highly recommend them and these just might be the only cukes I plant from now on!Date published: 2012-02-03Rated 5 out of 5 by JeanWK from Keeps going and going This burpless cucumber lasts all season. We try to stay ahead of them to pick them small, but they grow fast and furious! If we didn't still pickle, this might be the only cucumber that we would grow.Date published: 2010-01-02Rated 5 out of 5 by Marmoxmag from They're not kidding about yield! Holy moley, I can't keep up with these guys. They took quite a while to pop up once planted (the lemon cukes were 2 weeks ahead of them) but they caught up and have been producing like crazy. Plant fewer than you think you need, unless you plan to share them with a lot of people. Also, it's quite true that they taste good at any size. I had some 14-inchers (3" diameter- even bigger than the photo below!) and they were not bitter at all, skin wasn't too thick, and seeds are large but not so hard they're annoying. A very good cuke fresh, canned, or made into quick pickles- I'm just lucky my spouse and coworkers like them!.Date published: 2008-08-24Rated 5 out of 5 by Timothy from Just add water I have had 14 pounds of production from one plant through July 5th. If water needs are met, this plant can beat the heat with minimal heat induced bitterness at the stem end. The plant has not suffered from any obvious disease or ailment in a hot, muggy year. The only reason to plant more than one is if you have an enormous family. Luckily, my St. Bernard has developed a taste for cucumbers.Date published: 2008-07-06