Cucumber, Collier Organic

Catalog #1569A

19345

Donated to SSE in 1989 by Graham and Margaret Collier of Tennessee. Margaret’s parents acquired this variety from a group of migrant people traveling through Indiana sometime around 1910. When Margaret married Graham in 1936 and moved with him to Tennessee, she brought seeds of her parents’ cucumber variety with her. Margaret and Graham’s son, Robert, remembers that this was the only cucumber his parents grew in their garden each year. The family most often ate the fruit fresh in salads, but sometimes used them for pickles as well. At some point during the 1950s, the variety was nearly lost—the entire seed stock had been planted, but no seeds had germinated due to dry weather. Fortunately, in the following year, a volunteer plant came up. Graham carefully nurtured the plant and was able to rebuild a seed stock.

(Cucumis sativus) Short, blocky fruit, 2-5" long, 1½-2" diameter; pale white-green skin; subtle flavor, slightly sweet, not bitter; crisp, moist flesh and tender skin.

Sow outdoors in full sun in 12" diameter hills after the last frost when soil is warm. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. Plant seeds 1" deep with 6-8 seeds per hill; thin to 3-4 plants per hill. Can also be started indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost.

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