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Cucumber, Gold Standard Hybrid

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Delicious flavor plus five times the beta-carotene of other cucumbers.

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Gold Standard is part of Burpee's BOOST collection of six vegetables that offer great taste and nutritional oomph. This is one cool, delicious cucumber with gorgeous golden flesh and five times the beta-carotene of other cucumbers. Plants are 18" tall, spread 60" and yield 6-8" fruit in just 49 days.
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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.


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

49 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.

60 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18 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

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 1 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
49 days
Fruit Size
6-8 inches
Full Sun
60 inches
18 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
60 inches
Cucumber, Gold Standard Hybrid is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YUM Gold standard cucumbers are delicious and easy to grow! The yellow flesh makes them appealing to the eye too! If you like cukes I highly recommend these!
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from would NOT grow for me As an avid gardener & health nut, I was anxious to try this new cuke variety. But I planted every seed in the packet over the summer, in different places in the garden, even tried putting them next to wildly-growing varieties - they simply would not grow. So I never got to taste a single one, plants never got more than 8" high, then they just sat there taking up garden space. Our weather (Fresno County, Central Valley of CA) was perfect, so I am stumped.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best tasting cucumber me and my friends have ever ate.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Cucumber! Ok, so this is my first year of growing cucumbers but I have to say that I absolutely adore these! They have a wonderful sweet flavor, very firm and crisp flesh, and not too seedy. My cucumbers grew quite large, and they were still wonderful! I will grow these from now on because I loved them so much! I grew two other varieties and the other two did not even compare to the output of this one! If you like good slicing cucumbers, you should definitely give this variety a try.
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beurpee Gold Standard Cucumber This is by far the best cucumber I have ever grown, It was flavorful, crisp, and very hardy. I will buy this cucumber again..
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I love growing by colors for the added benefits but this cucumber disappointed. The seed cavity is small with soft delicate seeds with lots of juicy flesh, but the orangish / yellowish (so faint you couldn't even call it golden) was only in the seed cavity's jelly, the rest of the flesh was white. Sort of tough skin that only got tougher with age. I thought maybe I picked them to earlier and left some longer, yellow stripes started to appear running down the fruit; no additional orangish / yellowish flesh, only tougher skin, and the seeds grew larger and hard to the point you spit them out like you were eating watermelon. Pretty heat tolerant, with better fruit during our recent heat wave of 110+ during the day and only 70-75 overnight then in 'cooler' 90-95 days and 50-55 nights. Fruit from before the heat wave, and in the two weeks since the wave have all be malformed, curled, or bulging on the end; only during the crazy heat was the fruit long and straight without bulges. I didn't change my watering for the heat, it was on timer with the same schedule since the plants seemed to be doing so well, no welting or drooping. Fruit production has not been as much as other varieties, but we are still in the middle our growing season. Trellis training has been a little challenging. The plant likes to grow sideways, so I am constantly retraining to grow vertically. The fruit seems to grow more on the lower portions of the plant more. The vines are strong enough to carry even the largest I let go past full maturity. I probably will try these again next year, but only as a secondary variety.
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not my favorite i bought these pre-started in a giant pot. They took off well and set early. The novelty factor is high, but the flavor was nothing that made me say wow (think yellow summer squash). The production was med-low (vs the other 6 varieties i planted last year) and most of them ended up mishapen (very fat on one end and the other end a little stub, which the other 6 varieties did not suffer from). The weather was horribly hot and last year (only my automatic watering system kept anything alive) but this variety did not tolerate those conditions nearly as well as some of the other cukes. I will not replant this one.
Date published: 2013-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Cukes These are delicious and a high yield crop. They were difficult to take in the soil but that couldv'e been due tot he Northeast climate which was weird this year. They kep coming and are delicious, very, very delicious. These grow best on a trellis rather than on the gorund.
Date published: 2012-08-28
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