North Carolina Heirloom Cucumber
- From the Collection
- New for 2020
- Small, pale-yellow, juicy, crunchy fruit grows up to 2" long
- 60-70 days
This flavorful variety produces small, straight, pale-yellow to white fruit with juicy, crunchy, and light-green flesh. The fruits are slightly ridged, measure 1.5-2" long and 3-3.7" wide, and weigh 2-4.5 ounces. Moderately vining plants have distinctly lobed leaves and dense foliage. This prized heirloom was donated to Seed Savers Exchange in the mid-1980s by member Marian Hart and can be traced back to a family that has stewarded it for more than a century in the mountains of North Carolina. 60-70 days.
Learn to Grow North Carolina Heirloom Cucumber
Direct Seed: 1" Deep
Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
Thin: To 3-4 Plants
Light: Full Sun
Instructions - When growing plants on a trellis, space seed 6-8" apart and thin plants as necessary; train plants to climb the trellis with an initial guidance. Alternatively, make 12" hills at least 6' apart. Plant 6-8 cucumber seeds per hill 1" deep. After germination, thin to 3-4 plants per hill. Can also be started indoors 2-4 weeks before last frost. Cucumbers benefit from steady moisture.
Ratings & Reviews
North Carolina Crunchy
I just harvested the first NC Heirloom cucumber this morning and shared it with my husband. Oh my! It was delicious. Not as strong tasting as the common green cuke from the grocery story. But it was crunchy and slightly sweet. It had a large seed pouch with only about 1/3 inch of flesh. We ate some with the peel and some without. Both were good. The peel is not tough. I already have seeds In a jar ready to save. This is a keeper.
Notes on growing, very good plant
Yea, I grew it too this year, liked it well. Trellised or not, did both and each produced well so far. Had to pick every day, not a bad problem to have. Made a little something at market, made a big batch of pickles, so worth the seed price. Planted 2x every other week and have 'em coming out my ears. Sure would love to know more about the origin since I'm right nextdoor here in 6b Southern Blue Ridge. Do tell.
Easy and quick to grow. They continue to produce fruit throughout the season. crunchy and sweet. Might be a little seedy for some, but we didn't mind.