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Boothby’s Blonde

Boothby’s Blonde Slicing Cucumber OG

(63 days) Open-pollinated. Maine, famous for Moxie, also boasts a less well-known heirloom, a cucumber maintained for five generations by the Boothby family of Livermore. Boothby’s short plump oval fruits average 3–4" and become yellower as they mature. Creamy exteriors with contrasting black spines and juicy refreshing interiors. Larger seed cavities than most cukes, but the seeds actually add to the mild sweet flavor that makes the fruits so good for eating out of hand. Boothby’s usually lacks the bitter aftertaste so common in many of the other white cukes we’ve trialed. Has the “cool” texture uncommon in American cukes. Boothby’s goodwill ambassador Will Bonsall passed it on both to Pinetree Seeds and to us. MT,
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1311A: 0.5g for $1.40  
1311B: 2g for $2.30  
1311C: 4g for $3.20  
1311D: 16g for $7.50  
1311E: 64g for $14.00  
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Cucumbers

Cucumis sativus 116 oz packet sows 11 ft; 1 oz, about 180 ft. About 35 seeds/g; 116 oz packet avg 65 seeds, 1,000 seeds/oz.

Days to maturity are from direct seeding, except where noted.

Culture: May be started indoors for early production, or direct-seeded. Very tender, will not survive frost. Direct seed 3" apart thinning to 1' apart in rows 4-6' apart or 6 per mound in hills 4' apart thinning to 3 best plants. Transplant 1' apart in rows 4-6' apart. Cucumbers require good fertility and regular rain or irrigation for abundant yields. Without adequate water, fruits will be misshapen and bitter.

Combat striped cucumber beetles by handpicking early AM when the dew makes them sluggish, or use floating row covers, removing when cukes flower. Cucumber beetles are the vector for BW. Pick cukes frequently for best production, or else the plants shut down. Make sure to remove blimps to the compost pile.

Using compost in conjunction with row covers (rather than either alone) increased cucumber yields at the University of Michigan.

Parthenocarpic varieties (1214, 1239, 1380, 1392) can set fruit without being pollinated, an advantage in cold cloudy summers. Gynoecious varieties (1214, 1232, 1328) produce almost exclusively female flowers for uniformity and high yields.

Do not sow in cold soil. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal range 65–95°, optimal temperature 90°. Emergence takes 13 days at 59°, 6 days at 68°, 4 days at 77°.

Diseases:

  • ALS: Alternaria Leaf Spot
  • ANTH: Anthracnose
  • BW: Bacterial Wilt
  • CMV: Cucumber Mosaic Virus
  • CVYV: Cucumber Vein Yellow Virus
  • DM: Downy Mildew
  • PM: Powdery Mildew
  • PRSV: Papaya Ring Spot Virus
  • R: Rust
  • WMV: Watermelon Mosaic Virus
  • ZYMV: Zucchini Yellows Mosaic Virus

Pest: Striped Cucumber Beetle
Cultural controls: use tolerant or resistant varieties, rotate crops, till under crop debris soon after harvest, use floating row covers until flowers appear, use plastic mulch, perimeter trap cropping (Black Zucchini and Blue Hubbard make particularly good trap crops), use yellow sticky strips, hand-pick early morning when beetles are very sluggish.
Materials: Surround, Pyrethrum (PyGanic), Mycotrol.