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Cucumber, Sweet Success Hybrid

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By far the sweetest flavor you'll find in any burpless English cucumber.

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This All-America Selections winner yields bumper crops of nearly seedless dark green 12" fruits. Burpless, parthenocarpic fruit means they remain bitter-free and do not need outside pollination to set. Resistant to cucumber and watermelon viruses, scab and leaf spot.
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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.

12 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
12 inches
Full Sun
36 inches
6-8 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
24 inches
Life Cycle
Cucumber, Sweet Success Hybrid is rated 4.818181818181818 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Biggest & Best Cukes Ever I usually have a pitiful cucumber crop here in NH. This year I have a beautiful crop of foot-long cucumbers. I trellised them and they just keep on coming.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cucumber Sweet Success Grew 3 cucumber varieties, Sweeter Yet, Sweet Success and Palace King. All did very well but the "winner" as shown in the picture was Sweet Success which when picked measured 18" long. Was worried that perhaps would have excessive seeds, but as shown it did not. Cut up half last night and made a cucumber salad (basic vinegar and sugar) Was excellent. Great flavor seemed to have almost a sweet taste when we ate a few slices "raw". Will grown again next year Plant was actually on the other side of the fence, this stem came up over the top of the fence.
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still one of my favorites Sweet Success is truly one of the best slicers I have ever grown. I generally get 100% germination, but I also nick the any variety's seed shell before I plant them, and even then I start them a day or two ahead by wrapping them in a wet paper towel and plastic wrap and placing them in a warm location. My friends always ask me how I get such bitter-free cukes. The key is to never let the soil dry and to remember that a good variety is worth the extra money.
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit finicky Although the fruit of these cucumbers is indeed sweet and delicious, I found them difficult to grow. They had trouble germinating (maybe 20% germinated) and produced curled fruit (even though they were trellised). They also produced poorly in heat, and succumbed early to a disease. I had better success with Sweet Slice.
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Cucumber! In years past I have had issues with cukes turning bitter in the heat, but these didn't! I planted late and they came up fast!
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Cuke Great Cucumber. First time planting them and very pleased. Good germination indoors. Transplanted to larger fiber pots and put in small greenhouse. Planting delayed while I was working on building additional raised beds -- moved some to the ground when they got very big and some animal damaged most of them. Therefore I ended up transplanting a couple grown plants, and starting additional plants from seed direct in finished bed -- they also germinated very well. Ended up with 4 hills of 2-3 plants -- one in each corner of a 4x4 raised bed section. The later plantings worked admirably hard to catch up to their indoor started neighbors and all are now producing very nice cucumbers. I'm picking a few every day for a few weeks now -- enough to give us a surplus for family and neighbors. The space is a bit tight but the plants don't seem to care. A number of the cucumbers -- not all -- are ending up sharply curved and a little thinner in the center -- something that might be lessened if I had them climbing, I imagine. I haven't seen other reviewers mention it and I think most of them have set up for them to climb. Nevertheless, they are growing to a nice overall length with small seeds and wonderful taste, so I still give 5 stars. This is the first variety I've grown since very many years ago. Despite curiosity about other types, I will most likely be buying these again next year. I'm even able to get the kids to eat them!
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best cuke ever... This cuke has it all, ...size, tender, sweet, prolific, ...and all female flowers that need no pollination. My plants were 10 - 12 feet tall with enormous yields. And remember, ...chickens like cucumbers, and cucumbers like chickens. Composted chicken manure works very well for cukes.
Date published: 2013-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great cucumber I have raised these for several years.The best tasting and tender cucumber,I have found.I give them to friends and they say,"Best they have eaten."
Date published: 2013-07-06
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