A favorite vegetable of the famous King Charlemagne, cucumbers were grown in his gardens in the 8th and 9th century. Although the cucumber is originally from India, the crop maintains wide popularity across the world and is a significant vegetable in many cuisines. Though most notably known for use in pickling, Mountain Valley Seeds carries cucumber varieties for all sorts of summer snacking. Try the Sweeter Yet variety for salads, the Lemon cucumber for kids and the unique Armenian Yard-long for something different! Cucumber seeds are available from Mountain Valley Seeds in small quantities up to bulk at wholesale prices.
52 days. Originating in 1877, Boston Pickling is the most popular cucumber to be pickled as the name implies. Smooth surfaced, bright-green, 3-inch fruits have black spines and blunt ends. Very high yields. Bears continually if kept picked.
Up to 50 days. This straight cucumber grows up to 12 inches long, sporting a deep dark green skin with a squeaky-smooth surface. Also known as a "slicing cucumber", this fruit is great for a myriad of applications from pickling to simply slicing and incorporating into a salad.
55 days. This middle
eastern style cucumber is crisp and sweet. Also called Persian or Lebanese
cucumber, the Beit Alpha types are tender, sweet and seedless--perfect for
packing into school lunches!
Up to 68 days. Mild flavored, light green fruits can grow to enormous lengths, but are best when harvested at 5 to 12 inches. Grows slender and curved with light green skin, the longest cucumber seed available for purchase.
This unique strain of cucumber takes 65 days until it is ready to harvest. Sunny yellow baseball sized fruits with white to bright yellow flesh resemble a lemon grow from the vine. Approx. 1,000 seeds/oz.
58 days. AAS Winner for 2002. An all-female, gynoecious
parthenocarpic cucumber, the fruits produced from Burpless Diva are dark green,
semi-glossy, spineless, and 6 to 8 inches long All female plants have high
yield potentials. Tolerance to multiple common cucumber diseases.
Marketmore Cucumbers take 67
days until they are ready to pick. This strain is a very popular and productive
variety. CMV, DM, PM, Sc. Approx. 1,000 seeds/oz.
Up to 65 days. Medium, vigorous vines produce uniform 7 to 8 inch fruits that have a slight taper on the stem end. Produces heavily in hot, humid areas. Excellent for market. Downy mildew resistant.
55 days. Bush Crop is an excellent variety for small gardens. This plant produces 6 to 8 inch, slightly tapered fruits on a dwarf vine. A very productive plant, Bush Crop tends to produce small blooming flowers in the spring. Sc. Approx. 910 seeds/oz.
60 days. Adorned with dark green foliage and white striped fruits about 8 ½ inches long by 2 ½ inch wide, this vine plant is ideal for most garden growers. These cucumbers have a cool, crisp flesh, and great flavor. Resistant to mosaic virus and downy mildew. Approx. 1320 seeds/oz.
70 days. A long, thin Asian bean that can measure from one to three feet in length, but are best eaten when they are 12 to 20 inches long. It has a mild taste, similar to a string bean.
Few things smell as fresh as a cucumber in the heat of summer. But which kind of cucumber you grow depends on what you desire to use them for and the space you have. If you want to make pickles a pickling cucumber such as Boston pickling is an excellent choice. If you simply want them to slice into salads and eat fresh a slicing cucumber such as Marketmore 76 or Fanfare are great choices. Some suffer upset stomach when eating cucumbers but there is a variety for them as well, they are known as burpless cucumbers such as Orient express and Burpless #26 hybrid. Cucumbers are spreaders so if you don’t have much space to spare there are bush varieties that don’t take as much space but they produce less. Of course if you don’t want to sacrifice harvest cucumbers have been known to do very well in a window box or hanging pot. In fact burpless cucumbers should be grown on some kind of trellis or hung so that the fruit can use gravity to grow straight.
Cucumbers can be direct planted after the risk of frost has past or started indoors in peat pellets or pots 4-6 weeks before being planted outside. If started indoors be sure to harden them off by putting them outside in increasing increments for a week before planting.