Japanese Long Cucumber Seeds " Tokiwa" ( Cucumis sativus ) Asian Vegetable
Also known as ‘Tokyo Green’, this uniform, dark green variety grows 1.5” in diameter and 9-10” long and has small spines. Retains good flavor when large. Expect high yields.
Warm season annual
Maturity: Approx. 55-60 days
Planting season: Late spring/early summer
Versatile and hardy, the cucumber carries a lot of weight in Asian cuisine. Most typically, cucumbers are pickled or eaten raw as the main ingredient in lightly dressed salads. The Chinese cut up very ripe fruit into soups, including the skin. Indian cuisine employs cucumbers in its yogurt-based raitas, while in Thailand, the vegetables are grated with onions in a salad with lemon and fish sauce. In Japan, you'd be likely to encounter cucumbers in soups, while in Korea, you'd find them more often in stir-fries. Asian cucumbers tend to be longer than their Western cousins. They also often have textured skin, or ridges, and a smaller seed cavity.
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 there’s 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. There’s a reason I say this: it makes gardening easier! It’s 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 cucumbe