Straight Eight Cucumber is an American Heirloom and one of the most prolific producers of quality cukes ever. This variety is commonly found in Supermarkets and is prized for its flavor, and uniform deep green color. It is a straight and hefty cucumber reaching about 8 inches long - frequently more.
The flesh is the bulk of straight 8 , the skin is thin and the seed cavity relatively small in comparison to other varieties.
It is a vining plant and needs to be trellised, planted along a fence line or supported in some manner.
They will grow as a sprawling plant - on the ground - but this is not advisable as it is an open invitation to soil borne pathogens and insects, as well as not making an efficient use of space.
A drawback to this cultivar is that they acquire a bitter taste, more so than other varieties, when stressed by extremes of temperature or nutrient deficiencies. Be sure to keep them well watered during the dog days of summer, especially in warmer regions.
Germination 7 to 10 days.
Maturity 50 to 75 Days
Soil Temperature should be 70 - 90 F for best results
Color Uniform Medium Green
Mature Plant Spread 3.5 - 5 Feet / Height of Vines = WOW
Plant Spacing 36 to 48 inches
Spacing 5-6 Ft.
USDA Hardiness Zones 4-12
Fruit Size 6 - 8 inches Long
Optimal Temperature post germination 70 - 90 F.
This plant is not drought tolerant and needs frequent watering.
Way Above Average Yields
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
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.