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854 – Persian

$3.00

Certified Biodynamic and Organic

Back again! Thank you for waiting for this stellar variety! Sweet, crunchy cucumbers with thin skins. Best when harvested young at 4-5 inches long. Exceptional, deep cucumber flavor without bitterness. Prolific in the late spring and summer.
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Product Description

Scientific Name: Cucumis sativus

Family: Cucumber

Type: Tender Annual

Native Range: Canada, Hawaii, Lower 48 States, Pacific Basin excluding Hawaii, Puerto Rico

Hardiness Zones: 4-11; plants are frost tender so wait to plant until at least two weeks after last spring frost; plants will benefit from row cover before flowering stage to stay warm and keep cucumber beetles off of the plants;

Soil Requirements: Loamy soil; close to neutral pH between 6.9 and 7.3; at least 70°; require fertile soil–mix in compost or manure and work into soil; must remain moist and well-drained; mulching may be necessary to keep pests at bay and to prevent the plant from developing disease by touching the ground, as well as create a barrier for female cucumber beetles trying to lay their eggs in the soil;

Light Preference: Full sun

Water: Consistent watering; 1″ of water per week per plant when germinating; increase to a gallon per week once cucumbers start to form; inconsistent watering will create a bitter cucumber; avoid watering foliage in order to prevent leaf disease;

Days until Germination: 7-10 days; seeds will germinate quickest (7 days) at 80°;

Sowing: Sow indoors in large-celled trays, or outdoors when all danger of frost is past and soil is warmed to about 65°; plant seeds 1/2″ deep; seeds can be planted in rows, in hills, or on a trellis;

Plant Spacing: 1′-1.5′ with rows 4′ apart

Plant Height: 10″-12″

Harvest: 55-60 days; harvest when fruits are 4″-6″ long, and appearance is a deep green with a firm feel; if cucumbers are left on the vine for too long, they will get tough and the plants will produce less fruit;

Grows Well With: Corn; beans; peas; radishes; sunflowers; fruit trees; marigold; nasturtium;

Grows Poorly With: Potatoes; aromatic herbs;

Potential Problems: Cucumber beetles; nematodes; downy mildew; poor pollination by bees; all male flowers and subsequent lack of flowering; whiteflies; bacterial wilt; anthracnose; mosaic viruses;

Additional Information

Size

S ~ 25 seeds, L ~ 200 seeds

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