Want to try something new in your garden? This is it! Armenian cucumber with handsome, light green, thin skin is burpless, nearly seedless, and more tolerant of heat than most cucumbers. Sometimes called serpent cucumber or yard long, it is technically a variety of melon! A long production period means harvesting right into fall.
• Botanical Name: Cucumis melo var. flexuosus
• Days to Maturity: 65 days
• Family: Cucurbitaceae
• Native: Southern Asia
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: 8' vines
• Variety Information: 18"–36" long, 1"–4" wide, light green skin with paler green, longitudinal furrows; most flavorful and tender when picked between 12" and 18" long.
• Type: Monoecious
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 70°–90°F.
• When to Start Inside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Cucumbers are sensitive to root disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots.
• Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
• Seed Depth: ½"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"
• Thinning: When 3 leaves, thin to 1 plant every 12"
• Harvesting: Pick, and pick some more! Overly mature cucumbers on the vine will slow production of new cucumbers. Cut the stem rather than pulling at the fruit, as stems are fragile. To increase the quality and storage time, once picked, immediately immerse in cold water to disperse "field heat".