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Cucumber, White Wonder

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A classic, exceptionally crisp cucumber.

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Burpee introduced this now classic cucumber in 1893, after receiving it from a customer in western New York State. Pale ivory, the 6 to 8" long and 2 to 3"-wide fruits have an exceptionally crisp texture, making for excellent fresh eating or tasty pickles. Produces high yields, even in high heat.
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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.

60 days

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

6-8 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
60 days
Fruit Size
6-8 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
Life Cycle
Annual
Cucumber, White Wonder is rated 3.9375 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Germination! First pack of 25 seeds, 3 germinated. Called customer service, and they sent me another pack at no charge. Great! Planted all of 2nd pack, and better, but only 9 germinated. 12 out of 50.... Not good at the price of 15.8 cents per seed! Just starting to produce, hope they're as good as described, and reviewed! I'll save and dry some seeds from these, and try again next year......... Stay tuned, will advise.
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Cucumber yet! I grew these this summer (2014) and have been pleasantly surprised all summer long! These are much more firm than my green cucumbers and the white color makes for easy finding among the green leaves and vines. I have eaten them and Pickled some of them and they turned out great. I highly suggest these to any home gardener, even the novice...
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Money These seeds failed to germinate in direct sow. My lemon cucumber plant did not have a problem in the same area.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite cukes!! Excellent yield, rapid producer, sweet cuke with small seeds (unless it 'gets away from you'). Lovely taste, excellent for salads, sliced, pickles, in sandwiches, just an excellent all around cuke!
Date published: 2012-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW,what a cuke received this as a Freebee with my last year order.This year I planted it in my Granddaughters Gardenbox.It has taken off like "Wildfire" at least 8 foot plus tall now and multible "branches", almost covering my arbor.And the taste delicious and crunchy.I don't know if it is a "burpless" variety,but I am eating it without it repeating on me. White Wonder is going to be a regular item in my garden from now on. picture was taken June 26.2012,White Wonder on the right
Date published: 2012-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy Cucumber I love, love, love this cucumber. Very prolific. Delicious eaten fresh or pickled, and I really enjoy the unique white color. I plan on growing them again this year and every year.
Date published: 2012-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Freebie Cukes When we received these with our order, we were excited to try them, what a disappointment! The skins were thick, tough, and bitter. The flesh was very seedy and bitter. We will never order these. Reading all the rave reviews I have to wonder if we received the same seed as everyone else.
Date published: 2012-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from surprising little delight! These were the current freebie when I purchased my seeds this spring. I had not planned to plant cucumbers, but I gave these seeds a half-hearted toss into the beds and WOW! They took off! Scrambling up the fence and exploding with blossoms. We were munching our first small cucumber when the vines were only 1 foot long. These can be a bit spiny, and at least in my area, more pale green than white but they are delicious snacking or salad cukes. The skin is thin and sweet, there is no bitterness to speak of. They do have larger seeds than I'm used to seeing but they aren't offensive in taste or texture. Picked small they are the perfect size and shape for pickling. Excellent, I'll plant these again!
Date published: 2011-08-27
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