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Cucumber 'Lebanese'

Cucumis sativus 'Lebanese'

Cucumber (Eng.), Komkommer (Afr.)

Cucumber is a salad vegetable and belongs to the gourd family. The Lebanese salad cucumber is a good early season variety. Lebanese cucumbers are small, smooth-skinned and mild, yet with a distinct flavor and aroma. Like the English cucumber, Lebanese cucumbers are nearly seedless. Uses: Culinary, cosmetic

Planning

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

Harvesting

Cucumbers can be picked within 10 - 14 weeks of sowing. Harvest regularly by removing fruit with a sharp knife or secateurs. The round apple shaped cucumbers are best picked when they are about tennis ball size.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds 2.5 cm deep in raised soil, directly in the position where the plants are intended to grow. Sow 4-5 seeds in each site. Seeds usually germinate in 6-9 days. Sowing time during Spring and Summer. Space 45 - 60 cm to allow enough space to grow.

Special features

Crop rotation
Heavy Feeder

Geography

Origin
Asia, India
Natural climate
Warm, sub-tropical

Environment

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

Uses

Edible
Whole fruits can be eaten as the skin is very thin and the seeds are very small. Flowers are also edible.
Notes
Culinary, cosmetic

Personality

Family
Cucurbitaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
Mild

Problems

Powdery mildew, verticillium wilt and cucumber mosaic virus are the most likely problems. Slugs may cause damage to young plants.

Companion plants

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

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