In Mother Russia they call it a Pickling Vegetable - here we call it a Pickling Cucumber. A rose by any other name is still a rose, and a cucumber by any other name is still a pickle. The cucumber in question is a hybrid also known as Cucumber Moringa which actually has it roots somewhere on the Indian subcontinent. It found its way to the Ukraine and has since spread to Western Europe and the Americas.
It is a disease resistant early producer, taking only 45 - 50 days from seed to harvest. An indeterminate with predominantly female flowers. The cukes themselves are crunchy and suitable for pickling or slicing in salads and snacking.
For pickling it is best harvested before it reaches it's full size. This not only yields a suitable sized pickle, but also coaxes the plant to produce more.
Germination 7 - 10 days.
Maturity - 45 - 50 Days
Soil Temperature should be 70 - 90 F for best results
Color Dark Green - skin is a tad rougher than most varieties
Mature Plant Height/Spread 3.5 - 5 Feet
Plant Spacing 8-12 Inches
Row Spacing 5-6 Ft.
USDA Hardiness Zones 4-12
Fruit Size 2.5 to 3.5 inches in length / 1.5-2 inches round.
This plant is not drought tolerant and needs frequent watering.
For Direct seeding daytime temps should be above 70 but not much higher than 85 F 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.
This is a hybrid plant that seeds are either sterile or will not produce plants true to the variety.
For greenhouse or Hydroponic Cucumbers it is best to prune to one central leader on each trellis.