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Lemon Cucumber Art Pack

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  • Art Pack by Cindy Hoose.
  • City cuke. Photo from Facebook friend.
  • Country cuke. Photo from Facebook friend.

Lemon Cucumber

Cucumis sativus

Certified Organic Seed

Looks like a lemon but tastes like a cucumber! Very productive plants and unusual, beautiful fruits.

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Jay Armour at Four Winds Farm in Gardiner, NY got me started on Lemon Cucumbers back when my garden was a long mound mulched up on a thin strip of grass between a sidewalk and my house in Rosendale, NY. He came to the Seed Library when it was located at the Gardiner Library and handed me a plastic container with a half decomposed yellow cucumber. "Do you want this for the Seed Library," he asked? It sat around until it started to go moldy and eventually, when library patrons started noticing the smell, I brought it home and planted the seeds. Passers by would stop and stare at the subtly lobed round yellow fruits wondering what was growing and why anyone would landscape with an unrecognizable vine instead of shrubs. This unusual cucumber, which dates back to Samuel Wilson's (Mechanicsville, PA) catalog in 1894, has more visual novelty than flavor, but is consistently productive, mild, and looks beautiful sliced into rounds. Thanks Jay!
Number of Seeds 25 seeds
Spacing in Row 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 inches
Planting Depth ¾ to 1 inch
Days to Germination 5 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 65 days
Height at Maturity 6 to 8 inches
Width at Maturity 24 inches
Direct sow 2 weeks after last frost, or sow indoors 2-4 weeks earlier and then transplant. Make at least 2 succession plantings of cucumbers to have high-quality fruit for harvest all season. Lemon Cukes are best harvested at lemon-size, though they stay good eating even when slightly larger. The more you harvest, the more the plant produces and the longer the period of yield for each plant.

Artwork by Cindy Hoose. Cindy sets free her multi-media cast of characters into their quirky landscapes by giving her 10 year old self castaway children's books, fabric scraps, pots of paint, and her trusty vintage sewing machine.

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