7 Best Cucumbers to Grow in Your Garden

Team McFly Sep 15, 2023
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Table of Contents
  1. "Selecting the Ideal Cucumber Varieties for Your Garden"
    1. Heirloom Cucumbers
    2. Slicers
    3. International Favorites
    4. Lemon Cucumber
    5. Salad Bush Hybrid Cucumber
    6. Tasty Jade Hybrid Cucumber
    7. Marketer Cucumber

"Selecting the Ideal Cucumber Varieties for Your Garden"

Cucumbers can be an incredibly rewarding crop to grow. They require minimal upkeep and take up minimal space, making them perfect for containers or smaller areas.

They thrive in warm temperatures and sunshine but need regular watering to remain healthy. Plastic buckets or grow bags make ideal planting containers as they retain moisture well.

herloom cucumbers

Heirloom Cucumbers

Heirloom cucumbers are reliable, productive, and disease-resistant. They can be grown as vegetables or fruits and are ideal for picking, slicing, and enjoying fresh fruits.

Heirloom varieties tend to grow slowly and produce fewer flowers, but they are fully fertile and parthenocarpic (meaning they don't require pollinators for fruit to set). Furthermore, they're less prone to rot and more drought tolerant than hybrids.

One of the finest heirloom cucumbers for pickling is 'National Association' or 'Homemade Pickles' - this French variety has been popular in Europe since the 19th century. Vigorous medium-length vines produce large yields of six-inch crispy, tender-skinned cucumbers perfect for pickling and slicing.

Another excellent slicing variety is the 'Straight Eight'. This heirloom cultivar produces eight-inch light green fruits with fine-grained flesh and excellent taste in just 65 days, and it's resistant to mosaic virus, scab, and powdery mildew. Furthermore, this vigorous vine requires support or trellising for best results.

Another excellent slicing variety is 'Muncher Burpless', a Lebanese-type cucumber that can be eaten both skin and all with no bitterness. This variety boasts an abundance of fruits that can be picked young to maintain flavor and texture or left to mature for superior crunch.

slicers cucumbers


Cucumbers make an excellent summer vegetable, whether you're growing them for pickling, slicing or both. Not only are these tasty veggies easy to grow, but they're also an essential component of your garden.

Plant cucumbers in acidic soil with high organic matter and neutral pH to guarantee a healthy fruit yield. Cucumbers require plenty of water, so make sure the soil is evenly moist but not soggy.

Cucumbers can be grown on both vining and bush-type vines. The latter tends to be more compact but will yield a good harvest when supported by a trellis or other support structure.

If you're short on space, opt for a cucumber variety with an upright growth habit or bush type. These cucumbers produce shorter fruit and work great in containers or patio gardens.

When selecting a cucumber, look for varieties that are either gynoecious or parthenocarpic. These plants don't require pollinators to bear fruit.

It would help if you also looked into selecting a disease-resistant variety. Powdery mildew is often an issue among cucumbers and can be controlled through resistant cultivars; it causes white spots on leaves and vines. Other diseases to watch out for include anthracnose and cucumber mosaic virus.

International Favorites

Gardeners have no shortage of cucumber varieties, but some stand out. When selecting which cucumber variety to grow, look for those with crisp skin, vibrant color, and a firm crunch.

Cucumbers are one of the simplest fruits to grow, offering a range of sizes, colors, and flavors that will brighten any garden or patio pot. Cucumbers make great additions to any salad bar!

To successfully grow cucumbers, prepare a large area with well-drained soil rich in compost. After planting the seedlings, ensure the soil stays consistently moist by providing at least an inch of water per week.

Plant your cucumbers three weeks before frost in a warm area with full sun. They prefer soil that is 65degF or warmer, though they can survive in cooler climates with proper time for acclimatization.

Many cucumber varieties are self-fertile, meaning you don't need pollinators for harvesting. This phenomenon is referred to as "gynoecious." Some have female flowers and require male plants for pollination, while others are parthenocarpic, meaning no other plants nearby produce fruit.

lemon cucumbers

Lemon Cucumber

Lemon cucumbers are an interesting and unique variety of cucumbers. Contrary to their name, they don't taste like lemons but make great additions to any garden.

Lemon cucumbers thrive best in a warm, sunny location with well-drained soil. However, they can also be grown successfully in containers on balconies if protected from waterlogging or wind.

Two to four weeks before the last frost date, sow seeds indoors in milk jugs as mini-greenhouses for winter sowing. Once that danger has passed and temperatures have risen above 65 degrees Fahrenheit, direct sow outdoors directly. If space is limited, milk jugs can serve as mini-greenhouses during this time.

Plant 4-6 seeds about an inch deep into the soil and cover lightly to help them germinate. Once sprouting, keep the soil moist but not flooded to avoid powdery mildew.

Lemon cucumbers grow rapidly and produce small, round fruits with thin skin and mild flavor. They contain high levels of vitamin K for bone health and antioxidants and vitamins B, C, D, and E for enhanced energy levels.

Furthermore, lemon cucumbers lack cucurbitacin--a naturally occurring terpenoid toxin responsible for bitterness in other varieties of cucumbers--which could contribute to their mild flavor.

Salad Bush Hybrid Cucumber

Salad Bush Hybrid Cucumber

Cucumbers are an excellent vitamin C and fiber source, which may help lower blood sugar after meals and enhance insulin sensitivity for those with diabetes.

They're low in calories, making them ideal for weight loss and overall well-being. You can enjoy them fresh or pickled - either way, they make a great addition to salads!

Cucumbers can be started indoors in pots or directly in the garden after any danger of frost has passed. Seedlings will be ready for transplanting approximately 30 days after germination, so planting early gives you an advantage for summer harvest.

Cucumbers thrive in warm temperatures and full sunlight. Furthermore, they require well-drained soil and consistent watering throughout the growing season.

If your area experiences hot, dry weather, consider using mulch or row covers to retain moisture and stabilize soil temperatures. Furthermore, ensure your cucumbers are planted in an area that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily.

When cucumbers reach 6-7 inches long and green in color, they should be harvested for eating or pickling. Allowing them to sit too long on the vine may produce tough skins or an unpleasant flavor.

Tasty Jade Hybrid Cucumber

Cucumbers are an incredibly nutritious and tasty garden snack. Slice them up for salads, make hydrating juice or ferment them in kimchi; this versatile veggie also makes an excellent garnish or topping for stir-fries.

Plant breeders carefully bred cucumbers that produce strong, consistent growth characteristics through traditional crossing parent lines to select for desirable traits like high yields, early ripening, disease resistance, and more. These varieties have been carefully bred over generations to maintain these desirable traits.

These varieties tend to be parthenocarpic, requiring pollinators like bees to set fruit. As such, they are particularly beneficial in areas with limited plant pollinator habitat (like many urban gardens),

When planting heat-loving cucumbers, wait until soil temperatures are warm enough for germination before transplanting seedlings to the garden. After amending with aged manure or compost, sow seeds 2cm (1'') deep with three seeds per foot of row spaced 6' apart. Thin out extra plants as they become strong and stable - leaving one strong seedling per group.

Cucumbers are an enjoyable, simple growing crop that adds visual interest to any garden or homestead. Plus, they're packed with beneficial nutrients like Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and copper! Cucumbers make great additions to any diet!

Marketer Cucumber

Marketer Cucumber

Marketer cucumbers have been a trusted vegetable since the 1940s. When picked small, these tasty 9" long deep green cukes can be enjoyed for slicing or salads. A perfect variety for both home gardens and market growers alike!

Plant them in hills or rows on a trellis for optimal ventilation and moisture. For best results, keep their temperature between 18-25degC (64-77degF).

Seeds for cucumber plants can be purchased in garden centers and online. In springtime, you can also buy young cucumber plants or plug plants grafted onto strong stems for greater resistance to soil pests and diseases.

The Cucumber mosaic virus can wreak havoc on your cucumber plants, stunting their growth and affecting flowering and fruiting. To combat this problem, cut off infected leaves. Powdery mildew may also be an issue that causes leaves to turn white powdery and fade when exposed.

To reduce red spider mites and powdery mildew in a greenhouse, raise humidity by placing netting or plastic sheeting on the building floor or dampening it with a watering can. Water your cucumber plants regularly and mulch their soil with compost to retain moisture.

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Table of Contents
  1. "Selecting the Ideal Cucumber Varieties for Your Garden"
    1. Heirloom Cucumbers
    2. Slicers
    3. International Favorites
    4. Lemon Cucumber
    5. Salad Bush Hybrid Cucumber
    6. Tasty Jade Hybrid Cucumber
    7. Marketer Cucumber