Cucumber, Sweeter Yet Hybrid
Cucumbers don't come any sweeter than this. A Burpee exclusive.
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 Maturity50 daysFruit Size8 inchesSunFull SunSpread24 inchesHeight6-8 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin24 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Cucumber, Sweeter Yet Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 18.Rated 5 out of 5 by Zoie1 from Love this cuck! I have grown this cucumber 2 seasons now. I was tired of growing cucumbers that were bitter, so I tried these, now these are all I will ever grow, I have not had one bitter cucumber ! I love these cucumbers!Date published: 2016-02-04Rated 5 out of 5 by grannielucas from Greatest cuke there is I have grown this cucumber for several years. I grew it along with straight 8 this past summer as my husband swore up and down that the only cucumbers to make sweet pickles from was the straight 8. Finally, when he could compare the two varieties, he realized that the best cuke is the Hybird. It is sweeter even in hot, dry weather here in KY. WDate published: 2016-01-18Rated 5 out of 5 by spyk from sweeter yet I have grown this cuke for a few years now and it is absolutely the best! It is sweet, crisp and has small seeds. Even the peel is tender and tasty for those who don't want to peel them. Our weather has been so inconsistant this year and many veggies are suffering because of the wet and cold then hot weather. It's been like a roller coaster. These cukes are still producing and growing well.Date published: 2014-09-06Rated 5 out of 5 by MEDON from great cucumber got a slow start this spring because of cold wet weather. this cucumber came through and produced a wonderful crop for fresh eating and canning. still picking cucumbers and they are still crisp with a great flavor. will plant this cucumber nest spring.Date published: 2013-08-28Rated 5 out of 5 by PonyLovinGardener from Delightful I've been growing this cuke for several years...and so far, I might try another variety here and there, but nothing comes close to Sweeter Yet. These are prolific and wonderful. I think I have had one bitter one (not sure why) in 3-4 years, but all of them (otherwise) have been tasty and wonderful. I pass them out at the office to gleeful recipients as just a few plants just keep them coming. I've put these on the standard list for my vegetable garden. Buy some Sea Magic to put on these and they will take off like a shot and keep you well supplied with crunchy sweet cukes.Date published: 2013-06-13Rated 5 out of 5 by Riverbank from Slow start, but now producing like crazy We made the mistake of planting these too early, mid-April to be exact, and had only 2 of 10 seeds germinate. It was slow-going for the first 3 months, but from the end of July, wow; we're getting at least 10 a week. No disease or bug problems so far, even as our zucchini and now tomatoes succumbed to moths and fungus. Vigorous. The cucumbers themselves are delicate, with edible skins, but despite the photo, they're not Japanese-like; they do have seeds and will balloon out if not picked quickly. They're also more watery. But they're definitely sweet; we made a salad with just cucumbers, onions, dill, and vinegar, and the next day, I wondered if someone had put sugar in there overnight....Date published: 2012-09-06Rated 5 out of 5 by Floydville from Simply the best! Never bitter, easy to peel, very vigorous and productive.Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 5 out of 5 by GilW from Sweeter Yet Hybrid Cucumber Prolific is an understatement. I've picked more than 100 in the last week.Date published: 2011-07-10