Cucumis sativus (60 days) An open-pollinated white-spined parthenocarpic cucumber, Little Leaf sets fruit without pollination, so may be left under row cover the entire season. Compact vines with smaller-than-normal leaves save space and leave the mature cucumbers much more visible. Despite the plants’ emaciated appearance, they produce a huge number of cukes, even under stress. The blocky fruits are a little smaller than what we were used to, but they serve a dual purpose, pickling well while also providing good fresh eating. Has become a big customer favorite and rated as Donna Dyrek’s top choice among the 21 picklers in her Zone 4 2015 trial. Bred in the Ozarks at the University of Arkansas and released in 1991. Resistant to ANTH, ALS, DM, CMV, PM, scab. PVP has expired. ①
1239 Little Leaf H-19 - Organic
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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.