Cucumber, Straight Eight

The Straight 8 variety is a very vigorous and productive open pollinated Cucumber that is excellent for slicing.  Released in 1935, Straight 8 was an All American Selection Winner.  Plant Straight 8 Cucumber seeds in either sun or partial shade and enjoy high yields and a delicious taste.

Cucumber, Straight Eight Plant Info

  • PLANT TYPE: Annual
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cucumis sativus
  • LIGHT: Full Sun
  • SOIL TYPE: Well-drained, moderate-high organic matter
  • pH RANGE: 5.5 – 7.0
  • MOISTURE/WATERING: Keep moist, not waterlogged; mulch helps maintain moisture
  • MATURITY IN DAYS: 55 – 65 after transplant
  • KNOWN PESTS: Striped or spotted cucumber beetles
  • KNOWN DISEASES: Powdery Mildew, bacterial wilt

OVERVIEW:

Cucumbers are best grown grouped into 3 or 4 plants in a single hill.  If planted in rich soil, cucumbers will grow very quickly.  Unless you plan on eating lots of cucumbers, plant sparingly as one hill will produce well.  If space is limited select a cucumber variety that will climb well and use a trellis.

Pick cucumbers while young and tender to avoid any bitterness.  Cucumbers are used mainly in salads and many varieties of pickles.

PROPAGATION / SOWING OF CUCUMBERS:

Sow cucumbers indoors 3-4 weeks prior to last frost or direct seed after all risk of frost.  For indoor planting use 2 inch square jiffy strip pots and plant 1-2 seeds per square; thin to ensure one cucumber plant per pot.  Plant cucumber seeds ½-1” deep, transplant or space plants 6” apart in rows 4-6” apart.  Cucumber Plants are tender, so soil should be warm, 18-24°C (65-75°F) for germination to begin.  If growing on a trellis, space plants 18” apart.  Plant 3 to 4 cucumber plants per hill for effective pollination.

COMPANION PLANTING OF CUCUMBERS:

Bush bean, cabbage family, corn, dill, eggplant, lettuce, radish, pea, tomato are all good companions for cucumbers.

CARE & GROWING OF CUCUMBERS:

Cucumbers require full sun.  As they are heavy feeders, an application of compost or well rotted manure worked into the planting area will help.  Regular applications of a complete soluble fertilizer during the growing season is beneficial.  Cucumber plants should not be allowed to wilt.  Make sure cucumbers are well watered before transplanting.  Spread a mulch around plants before they start to vine, to cut down on weeds and conserve moisture.  The mulch will also help to keep the fruit clean.

HARVESTING OF CUCUMBERS:

Pick slicing cucumbers when they reach 6-8” long; pickling cucumbers at 3-5”.  Keep mature cucumbers picked off the vines to encourage a longer, abundant yield.  Harvest cucumbers for pickling early in the morning.

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