Give These Cucumber Varieties a Try

Growing cucumbers can reward the gardener with crisp, fresh summer produce.
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'Marketmore' Cucumber Does Well on Teepee or Trellis

'Marketmore' cucumber vines produce consistently in hot or cold weather until hard freeze, and offer strong virus- and disease-resistance. Its fruits have a sturdy skin that holds up well in packing and transport. Sow in mid-spring to early summer. Harvest in late summer to mid-fall.

'Masterpiece' Makes Great Salads

Cucumber 'Masterpiece' is an early and reliable selection for outdoor cultivation. This variety produces heavy crops of dark-green skinned, slightly spined cucumbers. The crisp white flesh is tender and perfect for summer salads. Sow in mid-spring to early summer. Harvest in late summer to mid-fall.

Sweet and Juicy 'Zeina'

Cucumber 'Zeina' is an all-female variety that can be grown in the greenhouse or outdoors. Small, succulent, smooth-skinned cucumbers can be harvested over a long season and are a handy size to eat at one meal. Sow in early spring to early summer. Harvest in midsummer to mid-fall.

The Miniature 'Petita'

'Petita' is a popular mini cucumber variety for greenhouse use. Tolerant of lower temperatures and heavy yielding, the fruits are about half the length of normal kinds. Plants are trained to climb, their tips pinched out when they reach the top. Sow in early spring to early summer. Harvest in midsummer to mid-fall.

'Carmen' Cucumber is Simple to Grow

Cucumber 'Carmen' is a unique climbing variety with resistance to strains of powdery mildew, scab and leaf spot, making it ideal for organic gardeners. Fruits are produced in abundance, and have a mild flavor with no bitter after taste. Sow in early spring to early summer. Harvest in midsummer to mid-fall.

'Bush Champion' Is Ideal for Small Spaces

Cucumber 'Bush Champion' works well in containers and raised beds. It produces a large number of crisp, bright green slicers from the pint-sized plants. It's favored for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability. Sow in mid-spring to early summer. Harvest in late summer to mid-fall.