Armenian Cucumber

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Armenian Cucumbers whole and sliced

The Armenian cucumber is a long and slender vegetable, technically a fruit, that tastes like a cucumber, on the inside it looks like a cucumber, but is botanically classified as a muskmelon.

It does smell something like a melon when sliced but tastes like a cuke. In my book if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and tastes like a duck, it's a duck or as the case may be a cucumber.

An Old World heirloom that produces a bounty of mild tasting large and long cucumbers. The skin is light green, ribbed and very thin, almost nonexistant. In fact it does not require peeling and it also does not acquire the bitter taste associated with some cucumbers.

When fully ripe they turn a light yellow, but are best harvested before they hit maximum maturity [12 to 18 inches long]. They can still be used once they yellow, but are the tastiest just before this stage.

They will grow straighter on a trellis, when grown on the ground it is usually curled and crooked.

Germination 7 to 10 days.

Maturity 55 to 70 Days

Soil Temperature should be 70 - 90 F for best results

Color Pale Green to Yellowish

Long Vines sometimes in excess of 10 - 12 ft.

Trellising or supports advisable

Plant Spacing 48 to 60 inches

Row Spacing 5-6 Ft.

USDA Hardiness Zones 4-12

Fruit Size 16 - 24 inches Long

Full Sun

Optimal Temperature post germination 70 - 90 F.

This plant is not drought tolerant and needs frequent watering.

Above Average Yields

Well suited for use fresh, or for pickling. For pickling they stay crisp and crunchy much longer than standard varieties.

For Direct seeding daytime temps should be above 70 but not much higher than 85 F. Sow at least a week following the last frost. You may need to thin out some of the weaker plants as they begin to develop.

Plant cucumber seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep and thin the seedlings to one plant every 12 inches in the row or to three cucumber plants every 36 inches in the hill system.

Plant cucumber transplants 1 to 2 feet apart in rows 5 to 6 feet apart when they have two to four true leaves

For greenhouse or Hydroponic Cucumbers it is best to prune to one central leader on each trellis.

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