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Cucumber – Crystal Lemon
Easy, quick growing and very prolific
This old-fashioned little round cucumber will produce delightful shaped, pale yellow coloured fruits. With an excellently crunchy flesh, the fruits are juicy, mild and sweet with a fantastic flavour. You’ll be eating the fruits by the end of July. If you keep picking, they’ll go on producing into the autumn, and finish in October.
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Number of plants: 3
Variety: Crystal Lemon (organic*)
Can be grown in: Planters, raised beds, pots, containers or grow bags. Find out more about growing cucumber in our growing guide below.
In the kitchen: Delicious in salads adding a lovely splash of colour. Also great for dipping in hummus and dips.
Plant out: late April to early July. These plants will arrive bare-rooted with an approximate height of 10-20cm.
Cucumbers are best grown under cover – in a greenhouse, polytunnel or in a conservatory. If you’re planting them outside be sure to choose a sunny, sheltered spot.
Beds and pots are fine
Cucumbers are easy to grow in planters, raised beds, large pots/containers or grow bags.
How far apart?
About 30-40cm apart.
These are thirsty plants. Water them often to keep the soil evenly moist (but don’t drown them!).
Don't plant out too early
If you don’t have a greenhouse/polytunnel, wait and plant them outside when the risk of frost has passed and the weather has warmed up. Until then, keep them in pots under cover or on a sunny windowsill.
When to harvest
You can easily tell when your cucumber is ready to be harvested by their size. Cut them carefully from the stalk.
This fungal white coating on leaves is nothing to be worried about and is very common in all cucurbits. During the early part of the season, leaves should come through nice and green, and towards the end of the season you start to see powdery mildew creep in. If you do have it earlier in the season, remove affected foliage and keep plants well watered to strengthen them.
Blossom End Rot
This is when the end of the cucumber that was attached to the flower (the blossom end!) starts to rot. It is usually due to a calcium deficiency that is caused by a lack of water. Once the plant has access to enough water it can successfully draw up calcium from the soil. Keep plants well watered and subsequent fruits should be fine.
Any yellow or brown patches forming on the leaves can usually be attributed to a lack of nutrients. Make sure your cucumber plants are getting enough water – the soil should be consistently moist – and use a liquid feed fortnightly once fruits start forming.
Red Spider Mite
Particularly common to dry, warm greenhouses, red spider mites attack the leaves of plants and suck the sap from them. This leaves a mottled appearance, and can cause the plant to drop its leaves and if severe infestations are not dealt with the plant will eventually die. Spray or mist your plants with water to maintain a more humid atmosphere, and be careful not to overcrowd plants in greenhouses. This will help to prevent an outbreak.
These aphids are often a problem. To keep them at bay we recommend planting lots of companion plants – like marigolds – and providing something yellow and sticky, like a yellow bucket smeared in vaseline. Works a treat!
Yellow Leaves = nutrient deficiency
White coating on leaves = Powdery Mildew
Leaves eaten = slugs/snails
One end of fruit rotting = Blossom End Rot
Mottled leaves – Red Spider Mite
Stunted Growth and Tiny Green Bugs = Greenfly
Harvest them as you want to eat them – they will store in the fridge for a few days, but are much better cooked fresh.
Ways to cook
Great sliced thinly and served with a light dressing, or cut into batons and served with hummus. Or make a raita dip.
When we deliver
We usually deliver these plants through into July, although it’s a little dependent on the weather.
You can order from…
These plants are available to be ordered now and we’ll despatch them as soon as they are big enough to both handle the journey to your garden and handle life outside the poly tunnel.
Do I need to sign for them?
All our plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.
We will keep you posted
You will receive an email to let you know that your order is ready to be dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us, so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.