Botanical Name: Cucumis sativus
Days to Maturity: 60 days
Native: Southern Asia
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
Plant Dimensions: 4’–6′ vines
Variety Information: 6″–8″ long, 1 ½”–2″ thick fruits with dark green, smooth, medium weight skin. ‘Marketmore’ was developed at Cornell University and introduced in 1968. Plants are resistant to cucumber mosaic virus.
Type: Monoecious, slicing cucumber
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″
Row Spacing: 36″
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”.