Silver Slicer Cucumber Seed Organic O.P.
(64 days) Open-pollinated.We’d love to pass on a secret known to few: this superior Cornell University slicer may be the best eating cucumber of them all!
Silver Slicer is the cucumber of my dreams. It incorporates all of the good features of english cucumbers a better package. Longer (7–8") and slimmer (fairly narrow 1" core) than other cucumbers with a creamy-white tender skin. Heavy set of buttery crunchy crisp fruits, neither watery nor ever bitter.
Resists PM and keeps going till September. Seed for this variety is sold under a license and a portion of the proceeds goes to support public vegetable breeding at Cornell.
Cucumis sativus 50 seeds plant a 10 ft row.
Days to maturity are from direct seeding.
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 the plants start to flower to encourage bee pollination. Cucumber beetles are the vector for BW. Pick cukes frequently for best production, or else the plants shut down.
Using compost in conjunction with row covers (rather than either alone) increased cucumber yields at the University of Michigan.
Parthenocarpic varieties can set fruit without being pollinated, an advantage in cold cloudy summers. Gynoecious varieties produce almost exclusively female flowers for uniformity and high yields.
Do not sow in cold soil. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal range 65–95°, optimal temperature 90°. Emergence takes 13 days at 59°, 6 days at 68°, 4 days at 77°.