Ministro Slicing Cucumber

(49 days) F-1 hybrid. This sprinter is the Usain Bolt of the cucumber world and was the runaway best seller among new items in our 2013 catalog. Ripened for Donna Dyrek on July 15, 2012, a full 20 days ahead of Marketmore, even though she didn’t set her transplants out until June 22. Vigorous plants with excellent cover bear high-quality cylindrical 8–9" monoecious fruits of the American slicer type, shiny and thin-skinned. Snappy and crispy, sweet and crunchy. They were still loaded with fruit and continuing to flower right into October. “I could go out and pick another mess now,” reported Dyrek on Oct. 11. Supplier is discontinuing this variety, so this may be the last year we can offer it. Resistant to PRSV, WMV, ZYMV.

1302 Ministro
Item Discounted
A: 1g for $4.00  
sold out, substitute 1312.
B: 4g for $12.00  
sold out, substitute 1312.
C: 16g for $36.00  
sold out, substitute 1312.
D: 32g for $65.00  
sold out, substitute 1312.
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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°.


  • 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.