Crystal Apple CUCUMBER SEEDS-OPEN-POLLINATED-Organic Non-GMO -Cucumis sativus

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Organic Non-GMO Crystal Apple Cucumber - OPEN-POLLINATED
Crystal Apple Cucumber     
Small 3” oval fruit are a bright, creamy white, about the size of a small apple; sweet, mild and very tender. This variety has become almost extinct in America after being introduced here from Australia around the year 1930 from Arthur Yates and Co. But this type of cucumber is likely to have originated in China. The small fruit are so tender you can eat them skin and all.
Growing Cucumber
Prepare a bed for your cucumbers with lots of compost so that the soil is loose and well-draining. Plant seeds 2/3 inch deep, 20 inches apart in rows spaced 3 feet apart or plant several seeds on the top of 8-inch tall mounds of dirt spaced about 6 feet apart. Fertilize with a balanced  Organic fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 at least once a month during the growing season. Water deeply at least three times a week, more if you notice cucumber leaves wilting in the heat of the day. Cucumber fruits begin ripening after 58 days. In trials, these plants have produced an average of 72 fruits weighing a total of 24 pounds per plant in a single season.
Trellising and Fruits
The  cucumber fruits should be harvested at about 3-5  inches long, making them idea for trellising. When "Cucumber" are trained up a traditional trellis or woven into a chain link fence, blemishes and disease caused by fruit lying on the ground are eliminated and fruits grow straighter. Trellised Cucumber fruits become highly ornamental, practically glowing from under the dark cucumber foliage.
USES
Fresh eating
Pickling
Cucumbers are most often used raw and are perfect in salads. Some chefs prefer to peel the skin off the fruit as it can be bitter.
Cucumbers pair well with mint an dill, which can be added directly to your salad or to dressings. Cucumber and mint can also be added to smoothies and juice. Tatziki sauce is made from shredded cucumber, yogurt, and dill.
Pickling cucumbers, however, are best for preserving in a solution of vinegar, salt, sugar, spices, and water. You can create countless number of combinations for your pickles to use on sandwiches, as a relish, or eaten as side dish.
SAVING SEEDS
Being an heirloom cucumber means that the seeds that come from it will always produce seedlings identical to their parents, as long as your " mini White " is pollinated by "Cucumber" pollen. (If you plant many types of cucumbers together, your seeds may have mixed parentage.) Allow one or two cucumbers to over ripen about five weeks past harvest stage until the fruits are golden with leathery skin. These seeds will become the following year's crop.
Seed Preparation
Scrape the seeds out of over-ripened "Cucumber" fruits, put them into a clear jar and cover with just enough water that the seeds float. Cover the jar with plastic wrap with a tiny opening to allow air exchange. Allow seeds and their jelly coating to ferment at room temperature for one to two days, agitating the jar daily. When the jelly coating has dissolved, seeds are ready to be dried. Pour out any floating seeds and most of the liquid, leaving only the seeds lying on the bottom of the jar. Pour the good seeds into a strainer and rinse them, then lay them in a single layer on a piece of newspaper. When seeds snap cleanly when bent, they are ready to be stored in a cool, dark location.

This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 3-6 weeks before the last frost date.

If you are direct seeding, plant in groups of 2-3 seeds and keep the healthiest plant that matures. Space your plants or seeds 12-18 inches apart and plant 1/2-1 in. deep.

Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.

These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.

Cucumbers can be sown outdoors directly into hills about 12 inches across after the last frost of the season. Make sure that the hills are about 6 feet apart and plant 6-8 seeds per hill at 1/2-1 inch depth and 1 inch apart. As the plants grow, thin them to 3-4 plants per hill. This variety will be mature in 65 days. You can also start cucumber seeds indoors 3-6 weeks before you plant them outside (about 2-4 weeks before your last frost). These sturdy seedlings can be planted in garden rows and sometimes even encouraged to climb trellises. Starting your seeds indoors will generally result in an earlier harvest.

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