The Richmond Green Apple Cucumber, an Australian Heirloom, is a mini cuke. Smaller than a bread box bigger than a lemon – but only by a wee bit.
The white flesh has a refreshing mild cucumber taste, slightly sweet and very juicy with a hint of citrus.
The Plants are fairly compact and work well in smaller gardens and containers. It doesn’t fare well in hot dry climates with little humidity – it will grow but not as well. It does best in cooler areas.
Germination is slower than many other cucumber varieties – sometimes as long as 18 – 20 days, instead of the standard 7 – 14, but once they get going they really get going.
Richmond Green Apple Cucumber Growing Guide
- Color – Light Green
- Compact Short Vines – Trellising or supports are generally not needed
- * Seed Spacing 4-6 inches
- Plant Spacing 36 to 48 inches
- Maturity 60 to 70 Days
- Soil Temperature should be 70 – 85 F for best results
- Row Spacing 3-5 Ft.
- USDA Hardiness Zones 3 – 14
- Fruit Size 3 – 5 inches
- Full Sun / Partial Shade
- Optimal Temperature post-germination 70 – 85 F.
- This plant is not drought tolerant and needs frequent watering.
Above Average Yields by Quantity and Weight. Yields of 20 lbs or more per plant are not common – but not unheard of either.
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 3 to 5 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.