Although the fruits are not giants like the greenhouse varieties, the Burpless Tasty Green F1 is one of the best varieties to grow outdoors.
It produces high quality fruits which have a tender skin with a sweet and crisp flesh. The plants climb to approx. 1.8m high and require a trellis or cane to give support. They are a very easy cucumber to grow and are perfect for pots or grow bags in a sunny position on the patio.
|When to Sow||April to Mid May indoors / Late May to June Outdoors.|
|Where to Sow||If sowing indoors fill a 7.5cm (3in) pot with compost, firm down and sow 1 seed per pot 2cm (3/4 in) deep. When sowing place the seed on its side ( to help prevent dampening off disease). Keep soil moist at all times but do not over water.|
|If sowing outdoors, sow direct into final growing position, either in a sheltered seed bed or in a large pot or grow bag, ensuring that each plant is 0.9m (3') apart in each direction from its nearest neighbour. Sow the seeds on their sides, 2cm (3/4 in) deep, placing 2 seeds at each station, which will be thinned out later ensuring that the strongest seedling survives. If there is still a risk of frost in your area cover seed with a cloche. Keep soil moist at all times but do not over water.|
|What to do Next||Once indoor sown seedlings have a third leaf just appearing (true leaves) transplant into a larger pot. Harden them of for 7 to 10 days before planting them outside in to their final growing position once the risk of frost has passed.|
|For seeds which were planted outside , thin seedlings to one plant per station.|
|Continue to water regularly, particularly once the plants are in flower and then when the fruits have started to swell.|
|Provide support as the plant grows ( up to 1.8m/6ft tall) either with a trellis, canes or netting.|
|Once the plant reaches the top of the support, pinch out the growing tip to encourage side shots to form.|
|Harvest||July to October. Around 60 days after sowing|
|Handy Tips||Burpless Tasty Green is an outdoor ridge type of cucumber which requires pollination by insects therefore do not remove male flowers from this variety. Many varieties have both male and female flowers on the same plants. Both should be left on outdoor varieties, but pinch off the male flowers when they appear on indoor varieties to prevent the fruit from becoming bitter.
The flowers are easy to tell apart - the female flower has a swelling beneath it that will become a cucumber.
|As cucumbers are heat loving plants, a large pot/container or grow bag in a warm spot up against a sunny wall on the patio is one of the best places to grow cucumbers.|
|Regular picking will encourage the plant to produce more fruit. Harvest the cucumbers by cutting away at the stem with a sharp knife when they are 15 -20cm long.|
|Putting some mulch at the base of the cucumber plant will help to retain moisture and help to keep weeds at bay.|
|Companion Planting||Calendula (Pot Marigold), Nasturtiums, Sunflowers, Radishes, Beans, Peas and Dill.|
|Nutritional Information||Cucumbers are very low in calories and are a good source of potassium and vitamin K.|
|Serving Suggestion||Cucumbers are best eaten raw in salads, or pickled when young and tender . Pickled cucumbers are a great accompaniment with burgers.|
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