Cucumis sativus (66 days) F-1 hybrid. For now, this general remains the best choice for skirmishes with stress and diseases. This gynoecious cuke performs well up North, with high yields of uniform straight dark-green white-spined 8–8½" slicers that don’t peter out in the halcyon days of summer. Doesn’t develop yellow “bellies” and retains that good flavor even in heat.
Yet after much thought, we’ve decided to search for another heat- and disease-savvy cuke to take over command. This might take a few years, but we’re committed to finding a worthy replacement with a name that does not honor white supremacist heroes. Of course it’s no fault of the excellent cucumber, but words and names matter—why not seek out varieties that are monuments only to summer slicer perfection? Resistant to scab, CMV, PM and DM.
1328 General Lee
About 30 seeds/g; about 900 seeds/oz; variations noted.
Days to maturity are from emergence after direct seeding. From transplant, subtract 20 days.
Culture: May be started indoors for early production, or direct-seeded when soil has warmed. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°, optimal ranger 65–95°. 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. For transplants: once seedlings have 1–2 true leaves, about 3 weeks old, plant 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. Pick cukes frequently for best production, or else the plants shut down. Make sure to remove blimps to the compost pile.
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.
Using compost in conjunction with row covers (rather than either alone) increased cucumber yields at the University of Michigan.
Saving Seed: Saving cucumber seed is easy! Take that big yellow cuke that got away and save it for seed. Scoop out the guts of overripe fruit and ferment it in an uncovered container for a few days. A moldy gross cap to the slurry means the seeds are ready to rinse and dry. To ensure true-to-type seed, grow only one open-pollinated variety per season.