- Heirloom Vegetable Seeds
- Cucumber - Crystal Apple
Cucumber - Crystal Apple
Approximately 40 seeds per gram.
An unusual heirloom cucumber variety that originates from the Australia – New Zealand area that was first introduce to North America in 1934. Crystal Apple produces small round golf ball to half tennis ball sized greenish white - yellow cucumbers that are ready in about 60-70 days. If picked regularly, they will continue to yield. They are crisp and have a sweet flavor with no bitter after taste you get with some cucumber varieties. Enjoy them when they are young. They make a great addition to any salad, especially when picked young.
Cucumbers love heat and cannot endure even a light frost. If cold temperatures threaten, cover the seedlings. Since cucumbers love to climb, providing a trellis will save space in your garden and produce straighter cucumbers that are easier to pick; however, the vines will simply spread out over the ground if no trellis is provided. Some gardeners use a planting technique called the “3 sisters”, where they plant cucumbers squash and climbing beans with corn, since the 3 plants types will benefit each other and the cucumber, squash and beans will climb the corn. Planting several radishes with cucumbers seems to repel damaging cucumber beetles. Cucumbers do not like being planted near potatoes or aromatic herbs.
Cucumbers grow fast and don’t demand a lot of care. Keep the soil consistently moist with an inch of water per week. Inadequate or inconsistent watering may cause irregular growth and you may end up oddly shaped cucumbers. If possible, utilize drip irrigation to keep leaves dry and slow leaf disease development.