Cucumber

Cucumis sativus | Also known as: Ridge cucumber | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Did you know that one of the varieties of cucumber is categorized as “burpless”?! So, if you want to watch your manners at the dinner table, this is the one to grow!

Cucumis sativus you'll know as the cucumber. A very common plant, the fruit of which is eaten raw in salads or sandwiches or pickled. It's a creeping vine with large leaves. The edible fruit is long and green, they can grow up to two feet in length but are usually shorter than this. They're very refreshing to eat, being around 90% water with a mild flavour. The cucumber is originally from India and has been grown to eat for more than three thousand years. It needs sun and moist soil to grow.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Irregular
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-11
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Vegetables & herbs
  • Vegetables
Grown for
  • Edible fruit
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fast growing
  • Outdoor food
Garden type
  • Kitchen garden
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 1 to 2 years
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Cucumber 'Bidretta'

PLANTS Cucumis sativus 'Bidretta'

Cucumis sativus 'Bidretta' or the Cucumber 'Bidretta' has yellow flowers and grows thick green fruit. The fruit of this cucumber has a crinkled surface and so looks a little different from the cucumbers we're used to seeing at the greengrocers. This plant needs full sun to thrive, and well-drained soil. It will grow up to 2 metres in height. The perfect addition to a summer salad or sandwich.

Cucumber 'Chinese Slangen'

PLANTS Cucumis sativus 'Chinese Slangen'

Cucumis sativus 'Chinese Slangen' is also called Cucumber ‘Chinese Slangen’. A climbing plant with yellow flowers that produces juicy green cucumbers. Being a climber it will need support. The fruit of this variety grow long, up to 30cm in length and slender. It's perfect eaten raw. This variety needs lots of sun and well-drained soil. It will grow very well in a greenhouse.

Cucumber 'Delikatess'

PLANTS Cucumis sativus 'Delikatess'

Believed to originate from India Cucumis sativus 'Delikatess' or the Cucumber 'Delikatess' is a climbing cucumber with yellow flowers that produces pale green fruit. This variety is best suited to pickling, It likes full sun and well-drained soil. Cucumber Delikatess needs quite a bit of maintenance, so is not best suited to beginners. It needs plenty of watering and will bear fruit in the spring.

Cucumber 'Jazzer'

PLANTS Cucumis sativus 'Jazzer'

Cucumis sativus 'Jazzer' or the Cucumber ‘Jazzer’ has yellow flowers before the fruit develops. The cucumber of this variety is juicy and a popular variety for use in salads. It has a pleasant taste without the bitterness that some other varieties have. This is a climbing variety. Cucumbers can take up a lot of room in the garden, so are best grown up a trellis to keep them tall rather than wide. Cucumbers don't grow well in areas with a high level of air pollution.

Cucumber 'Marumba'

PLANTS Cucumis sativus 'Marumba'

Cucumis sativus 'Marumba' is also called Cucumber ‘Marumba’. A climbing plant grown for the juicy cucumber fruit, the mainstay of many a good salad. This variety has golden flowers and will attract bees to your garden. It likes to grow in full sun in neutral soil. Water regularly but take care not to over water. The seeds of this variety are sterile and so you cannot grow more plants from collected seeds.