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Cucumber, Sweet Burpless Hybrid

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This is the highest yielding burpless cucumber we've found yet.

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Hybrid Cucumber. This is the highest yielding burpless cucumber we've found yet. The attractive, 10" cukes impart a refreshing, mild taste. Plants are extra- productive because of their huge numbers of female flowers. Disease-resistant.
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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.

55 days

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

10 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

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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
55 days
Fruit Size
10 inches
Full Sun
36 inches
6-8 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
24 inches
Cucumber, Sweet Burpless Hybrid is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No stomach distress! Have grown these cakes for years! They are excellent climbers, prolific and crisp!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Dependable Cucumber I have grown this as well as several other varieties and it has done well compared with with the others. It produces nice, straight, nice slicing size cucumbers,
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing All six seeds I planted germinated and produced healthy plants. These bloomed well but produced only about six medium small cucumbers before they quit blooming. The plants still look OK except that they wilt badly in warm weather (70's) .Providing a bit of shade and watering every few days keeps the plants looking OK but still no more fruit! Maybe it's our cool (San Francisco Bay area) summer weather?? At least the fruit we did get tasted good...
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Cucumber Second year in a row I have got them and plan to buy some every year... Planted them again this Spring and even thought it is getting hot and dry they keep producing... Even when they get large and they do get large, some over 12 inches long, they are crisp and tasty... Best cucumber I ever planted. Have several other types of cukes and they have burned out already but this type will produce all Summer long...
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Taste, Fantastic Yield I grew these on the ground and in cages (like tomatoes). The vines and yoild was prolific. Excellent taste. I'm coming back for more! Gave away tons!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Burpless Hybrid Cucumber This past spring was my first time to purchase seeds from Burpee so it was my first time to try the Sweet Burpless cucumber and it is amazing! I live in East Texas where the heat and humidity take a toll on veggies from about mid July on. One reason I chose the Sweet Burpless because it was resistant to the molds. I has performed like I never imagined! I canned 205 quarts of pickles! I have given away sacks of cucumbers to friends and coworkers. Our horses eat them happily every day. Today is October 8 and while most of the vines have died down, about 1/3 of them are still growing and blooming! Also, the germination rate was nearly 100%. While I may not need cucumbers next year... I am going to shop for the other seeds I usually buy locally because the quality of these seeds has been exceptional. Thank you for providing such a great product!
Date published: 2016-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A crisp and delicious cucumber The only reason I knocked off a star is that mine had some very large seeds unless I picked them early when they were only 7" long. It was a very dry summer, so the cucumbers were pretty misshapen. I watered using a drip line every 3-4 days for 90 min, and they still came out 1/2 skinny 1/2 bloated. However, taste was excellent, a good producer. 1st time that I've ever had cucumbers into September, usually powdery mildew takes my plants out by end of July. This year used fish & seaweed fertilizer mid-July and again end of August. Grew 2 plants, direct seed, and had at least 6 cucumbers a week to eat/share with friends.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Winner, Finally I've had problems with various kinds of cukes (and pickles) over the years, the ultimately fatal problem usually stemming from what I think has been some kind of downy mildew and/or blight. This year, however, this variety pulled through that issue (it did in my pickles!) and the production is still going strong into September. Oddly enough, the plants from seeds that I direct-sowed have produced better than those I seed-started. My strongest advice is to (carefully) train/weave the vines higher through a lattice of some sort - the best of my crop has come at a height of 4-5' - to get distance from soil-borne pests, and so the fruits hang/get good shape/harvest more easily. Also, allow for ample room - the vines will run far!
Date published: 2016-09-04
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