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Cucumber 'Ashley'

Cucumis sativus 'Ashley'

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Cucumbers are quick growing vines that can be trained up a structure or even with a single rope. The Ashley variety is a cucumber that does well in humid conditions as it is not as sensitive to downy mildew as other cucumber varieties. It produces fruits that are about 30 cm in length. Fruits are crunchy and considered ideal for slicing. Fruits also have cosmetic uses.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Cucumbers can be picked within 10 - 14 weeks of sowing. Harvest regularly by removing fruit with a sharp knife or secateurs.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed during Spring and Summer in trays or directly in well-drained soil rich in compost and manure for quick consistent growth. Sow 1.2 cm deep and 30 cm apart. Germination time about 7 - 10 days.

Special features

Pot plant
Can be sown directly into seed bed or in a well-drained pot.
Crop rotation
Light feeder

Geography

Origin
North America
Natural climate
Warm, sub-tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
Fruits are crisp and ideal for slicing.
Notes
Culinary, cosmetic

Personality

Family
Cucurbitaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Resistant to downy mildew

Companion plants

Sweetcorn, beans, radish, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, nasturtium, marigolds, dill

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