This warm season, we grow three cucumber varieties; Apple (Phoenix seeds), Green Gem (Eden Seeds) and White Spine (Greenpatch Organic Seeds). Last warm season was not a good cucumber season for us and we only grown White Spine cucumber. This year cucumber has been one of our main harvest so I am making notes on each variety that we grow this season.Although they share the same general name “cucumber”, they have different characteristic like each siblings in one family. Furthermore, we like to make notes on how each variety cope with heat waves and their recovery after that,
Mid-bearing and I think it is high-yielding variety since there were many female fruits. However, heat waves came when it just started early-phase of fruit production and left them in no good shape anymore. Not resistant to disease and takes a very long time to produce fruit again after heatwaves. It is almost 2 months now since heat waves and just started to produce again. Some seedlings dislike transplanting and some don’t mind. If the fruit is expose too much strong sun, it will ripen too quickly when the size of fruit is still very small that you have to harvest them quickly before it turns really yellowish.
Green Gem Cucumber
Prolific producer,early-bearing and have a long harvest season. Suitable to grow in container and does not mind to be transplanted. Grow well in hard clay soil too.Sometimes has a bit more of bitter taste compared with the other two varieties. More success in getting straight form,bigger and longer fruit by wrapping the fruit with paper after manually pollinated. Disease resistant~prune off the sick-leaves immediately and plants will be healthy again. Bounce back quickly and produce cucumber after heat waves and roots disturbed. Caution: If growing cucumber in pots, don’t move them around. This is because the roots actually grow through the drainage hole and take root under the pots to the soil. I moved polystyrene container with cucumber plants in it and heard ripping sounds. The next few days, cucumber leaves were flopping. Although container dry up easily, cucumbers have their own plan B. They were sipping water not only from container but from the ground as well. The good thing is that excess water from watering the pots were actually save in the ground and from evaporation. This answered my question about how did my cucumber plant in containers survived without 4 days of watering while we were away.
White Spine Cucumber
Very very late producer and does not bear many fruit. So far I got lucky with 2 cucumbers per-plant only. Always have so many male flowers and females are very rare.Can be grown in containers and hard-clay soil. Heat-tolerant. Quick-maturing fruit. Very cool cucumber to eat in room temperature compare with the other two. This is my second season growing them and not much improvement compared with the first season on getting more fruit from this heirloom cucumber. But I like the taste. I think this cucumber might not be suitable to grow in our weather and environment here, considering the other variety don’t have much of a problem. Two cucumber plants growing in polystyrene container together is under attack from aphids. I am letting the fruit on this plants to mature so I can harvest some seeds. Hopefully home-saved seeds will be more adapted with the environment here in Adelaide.
What is your favourite cucumber?