(Cucumis sativus) Heirloom, OP (open-pollinated). The Marketmore 76, introduced by Dr. Henry Munger at Cornell University, is the standard for home gardeners and market growers alike.
Marketmore is a beautiful, dark green cucumber that produces 8"-9" long fruits about 2” in diameter. A good yielding mid-season slicer with a smooth flavor that is perfect fresh for salads. A favorite of ours in the summer to mix with cherry tomatoes, red wine vinegar and feta cheese.
Marketmore is a hardy variety resistant to scab, Cucumber mosaic virus and mildews. One of the most pest resistant varieties we've grown.
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Plant in rows or hills, planting them 1/2-1" deep. When planting in rows, sow seeds 2 to 3" apart. If you are planting in hills, plant four to five per hill. Cover very lightly with soil. Water the first day and if there is no rain, every two to three days until they germinate. After they have germinated, keep the best two to three.
Soak seeds overnight before planting for better germination.
Cucumbers are over 95% water. Keep them evenly moist for best results.
Plant with marigolds to deter cucumber beetles, and borage to attract bees for pollination.
Pick regularly at 6" - 8" long or smaller. Cut the stem rather than pulling at the fruit to break off. Plants stop producing if there are overly mature cucumbers on the vine. Continuous harvesting will keep the plant producing new fruits.