(Cucumis sativus) One of the best cucumbers we’ve ever grown. The Straight Eight is exactly that: a perfectly straight, deep-green fruit about 8 inches long.
Vigorous vines produce an extremely reliable crop of this incredibly tasty cuke. The Straight Eight is also a dual-purpose cucumber that is good for eating fresh or pickling.
If you’ve had trouble growing other cucumbers, this is the one to try this year!
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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.