Cucumis sativus (45 days) F-1 hybrid. With tasty Ministro discontinued by its supplier, we were on the hunt for a new reliable early slicer. Lagos shows diverse use in high tunnel, greenhouse and open field. Its rapid growth begets early harvest, before Ministro, and in sync with market grower fave Corinto. Lagos’ high yield of almost entirely dark green, 8–9" long slender fruits continues long after others peter out. Topping Ministro’s total yield and with a more tender skin, Lagos is crisp, sweet and flavorful. Parthenocarpic Lagos also has a leg up on Ministro for hoophouse trellising, as well as steady fruit set in the field on rainy and cold days when bees are less active. High resistance to CMV, CVYV, Scab, TLS, PM. ④
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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 65°, optimal range 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.