Armenian Long Cucumber Looks and tastes like a cucumber but botanically a melon.Crunchy flesh is burp-less,Not bitter, makes great pickles.
The Armenian cucumber, Cucumis melo var. flexuosus, is a type of long, slender fruit which tastes like a cucumber and looks somewhat like a cucumber inside. It is actually a variety of muskmelon, a species closely related to the cucumber.
Cucumis melo, (OP) Sometimes referred to as snake melon, serpent and yard long cucumber. This variety is light-green, heavily ribbed, and spineless. Fruits are crisp, mild and sweet flavored. It is a burpless cucumber and its thin skin does not require peeling. Very heat tolerant.
- Warm season annual
- Maturity: Approx. 65-70 days
- Planting season: Late spring/early summer
A.K.A. the "Yard Long Cucumber." Long, pale, ribbed fruits are crisp, juicy, sweet, and never need peeling. They are at their very best picked at about 1 foot long. Train on trellis to keep fruit straighter, harvesting easier.
Start plants indoors about one month before the last spring frost in your area, or outdoors after all danger of frost and the soil has warmed. Plant in rows, hills or on trellises. Good performers in large containers. Harvest frequently to keep the plants producing.
How to Plant Cucumbers
Cucumbers can be planted in containers, rows, hills, or raised beds. Be warned: one plant produces a lot of cucumbers. And, some plants can produce all summer long. So, think about spacing out plantings to harvest all season.
A hill of cucumbers. Know what this it? Because, I thought I had it down pat, and I was wrong. I thought it was about mounding the dirt for water retention around the roots. Well, sort of, but thereâs more to it than just that.
Vine crops are often grown this way, like cucumbers, squash, and melons. The idea of hill planting is to start the root system in the center. From there they grow outwards, not competing with each other for water or soil nutrients.
Again, hill planting is for your vine cucumbers. Hills need to be about 3 feet apart. Plant about 5 or so seeds in the hill. Once seedlings have established, reduce to only three plants. Instead of pulling up the seedling, just cut it off. This will prevent any disruption to the root system.
Remember, vine cucumber plants are better trellised. These plants have healthier vines, and harvesting is easier since you can see the fruit. Check here for a ton of information on home grown trellised cucumbers.
You can plant any type of cucumber in a raised bed. The benefit of using raised beds with cucumbers is soil drainage. Raised beds, in general, will provide well drained soil.
I keep saying raised beds are my preferred gardening method. Thereâs a reason I say this: it makes gardening easier! Itâs easier to reach the vegetables, control soil health, and control pests and weeds.
Suggestions: Keep fruits picked to encourage more production. . Keep soil moderately moist during germination. Water deep and feed every 3 weeks.
Reminder: Plant some fresh dill for homemade pickles.
Companion Plants for Cucumbers
Growing these companion plants around cucumbers will be helpful: nasturtiums, radishes, marigolds, sunflowers, peas, beets, carrots, and dill.