This is the world’s most planted cucumber strain for good reason. They perform well in most climates with uniform shape and a crisp and refreshing flavor. Easy to grow and easy to eat, try these and they will be your favorite.
Try to water the soil, not the leaves. The dryer the leaves, flowers, and fruits, the better.
Common name: Sweet Marketmore Cucumber
Botanical name: Cucumis sativus
Type: Vining tender annual.
Scarification/Stratification: None needed, but placing seed in container with 100 F water for a few hours before planting will help germination a bit.
Sow temp/season: Direct seed after all danger of frost has past in soils 70-90 F spring through late summer.
Sow depth/spacing: Sow seed ½ inch deep three to a hill. Hills spaced three feet apart and 6 inches above soil grade will keep the crown dry. Trellis should be in place before sowing seed. Trellis keeps the leaves, flowers and cukes from being splashed with mud during the crazy rain, which spreads pathogens and soil-born disease. The trellis also supports the massive plants allowing them to spread and produce. The bigger the trellis, the more cukes you get.
Final spacing: Thin the hills to one plant per hill, leaving the best looking one. One can also treat a large pot like the hill and stake a trellis in the pot. Pots spaced three feet apart.
Final height/spread: They will climb up a 15 foot pole if you let them and it will spread as far as the things they are climbing on will allow.
pH range: 6-7.5
Soil type: Most well drained soils will work just fine.
Nutrition: Loves compost and low Nitrogen slow release fertilizer. Too much Nitrogen will make lush vines and not many fruits. A 2-3-3 or a 2-4-4 works well.
Drainage: Does not like wet feet.
Sun: Full sun to part shade. Like most plants, likes some midday shade.
Time to maturity: 60-65 days till first pickings.
Hilling: NONE. Hilling the crown will make it rot. Instead, add a thick layer (2-3 inches) of pumice, course sand, river rock or any other rock that is available…or, pine bark or landscaping mulch. Rock is better. This keeps roots warm and is the rock is inert. Leave an inch uncovered around the crown of vine to ensure crown and vine isn’t damaged by the rock scraping or bruising them under periods of high winds.
Suckering: Will branch along the vine but no crown/root suckers.
Propagation: Direct sow, or to get a head start, plant in 4” peat/coir pots with some drainage holes punched in the bottoms. These pots are invaluable to start plants in greenhouse or indoors late winter that do not transplant well, such as cucumber. You plant the pots, one per hill, keeping the crown at the same level as soil line and adding rock mulch around the pot. All this, place trellis is in its final place. The pot will allow roots to grow through it avoiding any transplanting shock.
Hybridization: Plant different varieties ¼ mile apart to keep strain true.
Uses: Eaten raw in sandwiches and salads. Round slices placed on eyes can reduce puffiness.