Cucumber avenue seeds SQ 309 F1 are straight, dark green slicing cucumber with good vigor and broad disease resistance. They are attractive and uniform with good flavor. Enough downy mildew resistance to extend the harvest by 1–3 pickings. These type of cucumber has high resistance to anthracnose, angular leaf spot, scab, and zucchini yellow mosaic virus; and intermediate resistance to downy mildew and powdery mildew.
CULTURE: Requires warm, well-drained soil high in fertility, with a pH of 6–6.8. Consistent, adequate irrigation is needed to produce an abundant crop. Cucumbers are very sensitive to cold. Make sure both soil and air temperatures have warmed prior to planting. Using plastic mulch and row covers will greatly enhance the vigor and potential yields of cucumbers by providing warmth and insect protection. For greenhouse or high tunnel production the use of gynoecious and parthenocarpic varieties is highly recommended.
TRANSPLANTING: Sow indoors in 50-cell plug trays, 1–2 seeds/cell, 3–4 weeks before transplanting. Keep temperature above 70°F (21°C) day and 60°F (16°C) night. Transplant 12″ apart in rows 5–6′ apart. Do not disturb roots when transplanting.
DIRECT SEEDING: Wait until soil is warm, at least 70°F (21°C). Cucumber seeds will not germinate at a soil temperature below 50°F (10°C). Sow 2 seeds/ft., 1/2″ deep, in rows 6′ apart. Thin to 12″ apart.
DISEASES: Practice crop rotation, residue sanitation, and choose disease-resistant varieties. Control insect pests to prevent bacterial wilt.
INSECT PESTS: Exclude cucumber beetles with row covers at planting, or control with insecticides such as pyrethrin or azadirachtin.
HARVEST: Once fruit bearing begins, pick daily.
STORAGE: Hold cucumbers at 45–50°F (7–10°C) and 90% relative humidity for up to 2 weeks.
NOTE: If seedless cucumbers cross-pollinate with seeded cucumbers, they will yield seeded fruits. Generally, seedless types are grown separately in greenhouses or hoop-houses with insect screens installed to prevent cross-pollination of seeded and seedless varieties.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From direct seeding; subtract about 10 days if transplanting.
Benefits of planting Cucumber Avenue seeds SQ 309 F1
- The product is highly resistant to scab.
- Cucumber avenue seeds SQ 309 F1 are intermediate resistant to cucumber mosaic virus, powdery and downy mildew.
- Seed of Cucumber avenue seeds SQ 309 F1 are hardy, vigorous, and disease tolerant.
- They are resistant to many cucumber diseases.
- They can survive in any environment and require a temperature between 15-33⁰C.
Tips on how to grow Cucumber
- Sow cucumber seed in the garden or set out transplants 3 to 4 weeks after the average last frost date in spring.
- The ideal soil temperature for growing cucumbers is 70°F (21°C).
- Sow cucumber seed indoors as early as 6 weeks before transplanting into the garden.
- Protect cucumbers from unexpected frost or chilly nighttime temperatures early in the season. Use floating row covers or plastic tunnels to keep the chill away.
- Cucumbers require 55 to 65 frost-free days from sowing to reach harvest.
Caring for Cucumber
- Mulch around cucumber plants with straw or chopped leaves. Mulch will help conserve soil moisture, keep vines, and fruits clean. Slugs and snails find if difficult to move across straw or pine straw mulch.
Tips on how to harvest Cucumber
- Cucumbers will be ready for harvest 55 to 68 days from sowing.
- Harvest cucumbers as soon as they reach mature size; cucumbers left on the vine past maturity will suppress the production of new flowers and fruit.
- Check and harvest cucumbers daily to stay ahead of the harvest.
- Slicing cucumbers are best picked when they are 6 to 8 inches (15-20cm) long.
- Clips cucumbers off of plants with a garden clipper, scissors, or knife. Pulling cucumbers off plants can damage plants.
- A fruit that turns yellow at the blossom end opposite the stem is overripe and will be seedy.
- Pickling cucumbers–sweet or dill–are best picked when 1 to 6 inches (2.5-15cm) long. Pick pickling cucumbers every two days.
- Regular dills are best picked when 3 to 4 inches (7-10cm) long.
- Burpless cucumbers should be picked at about 10 inches long.
- Hothouse-grown English or Armenian cucumbers are best picked when 12 to 15 inches (30-38cm) long.
- Cucumbers left on the vine too long will have tough skins and will lose flavor.
Read more about other qaulity seeds/seedlings on Farmsquare Nig