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Guide to Cucumber Varieties

Cucumbers are a favourite plant for growing in a greenhouse. Here is a list of some varieties we sometimes have at Garden Retreat!


Looks like a regular salad cucumber but with a much smoother, thin, no-peel skin. Distinctively tender, crisp, sweet, bitter-free, seedless, and burpless, they are an english long variety that are harvested when they reach 4-7 inches. They are slicing cucumbers that can also be pickled. They are an F1 hybrid that mature 58 days after sowing. The plants are gynoecious (all female) and pathenocarpic (grow fruits without pollination). They are vining plants, growing up to 5-6 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide, wihle producing cucumbers heavily. Resistant to both powdery and downy mildews, scab, and angular leaf spot disease. The foliage is non-bitter therefore not attractive to the cucumber beetle.
Tastes like an english long variety of cucumber but the cucumber themselves are ideally harvested when 2-3 inches long. They are slicing, crisp and and nutritious, but they can also be pickled. They have a smooth, thin, no-peel skin. This cucumber is an F1 hybrid and matures in about 80 days. This plant produces large numbers of fruit in compact multiple clusters that are close to the main stem. There is little side branching as they are vining plants. The plants are gynoecious (all female) and pathenocarpic (self pollinating). They are tolerant of both high and low temperaturess. They are resistant to powdery mildew.
This english long plant produces a medium dark green 40cm cylindrical fruit that is straight with moderate ribbing. The fruit is bitter-free, burpless, seedless making it excellent for salads and slicing. The plant is very productive and apthenocarpic (self pollinating). It is an F1 hybrid that takes 64 days to mature. It is a vining plant. It also has a strong tolerance to scab and target leaf spot.
This plant is gynoecious (all female) and pathenocarpic (self pollinating). A true greenhouse cucumber. It is very productive and under good conditions will produce 50-100 cucumbers per plant. The fruit is a shiny dark green colour 14-16 inches long bitter-free and seedless with slight ribbing and short necks. It is used for slicing. The plant is an english long variety and an F1 hybrid. Its days to maturity is 60. It is a vining plant that grows to be 11-12 inches tall. It is tolerant against powdery mildew, scab and leaf spot diseases.
A F1 hybrid cucumber that matures in 63 days. It is monoecious (producing male and female flowers). This plant is a bush type with 30 inch long dwarf vines. It produces many dark green slender uniform cucumbers that grow to be approximately 8-9 inches long and are excellent for slicing. The benefits of this plant are its early maturity, excellent fruit quality, high yields, compact growth, and its extended harvest time. This plant also has resistance to downy and powdery mildew, angular leaf spot disease, scab, and cucumber mosaic virus.
Lemon Apple
This is a vigorous and productive heirloom plant that produces fruits the size and colour of a lemon when ripe. The flesh of the fruit is crispy, white, sweet, and burpless. They are commonly eaten raw and sliced but they can be cooked and picked. The plant is vining and it takes 60 days to mature.
Sweeter Yet
This is an early maturing cucumber that produces within 45-48 days of seeding. It is a F1 hybrid slicing burpless cucumber that is deserving of its name. The fruit it produces is 10-12 inches long and crisp with a pleasantly sweet flavour. This vining plant grows 6-8 inches high and is disease tolerant.
Tyria F1
This is a long Dutch greenhouse type cucumber plant that is vining and slicing. To get straight fruit it is recommended that the plant is staked. It takes about 56-58 days to mature and is ready for harvest once the cucumber is 14 inches long. It produces fruit that is slightly ribbed, dark green, crisp, bitter-free, and lightly sweet. It is a slicing cucumber. The plant is a F1 hybrid that is organically grown. It is gynoecious (all-female) and parthenocarpic (self-pollinating).