Cucumber - Crystal Apple
This is a heritage variety originating from Australia in the early 1900’s, with prolific cropping on trailing plants if picked regularly at larger golf ball size. It features crisp, tender flesh with a bitter free, sweet flavour. It is best grown outdoors to trail on the ground or support on a trellis, and crops over a long season if picked regularly.
Sow from mid April to early June under glass to transplant outdoors. Mixed flowers are included, and both types are required for pollination. It prefers well-drained, moist, rich soil in full sun, and you can extend the season with cloches. Sow from mid April to early June, 2.5cm deep, in pots or trays of good seed sowing mix at 20C under glass or in a propagator. Protect emerging seedlings from direct sunlight to avoid scorching. Pot on individual seedlings into 7.5cm pots of sowing mix and keep barely moist to avoid stem rot. Maintain a temperature of about 20C. Plant out 75x75cm apart once frost risk has passed. If space is limited, train up supports or netting.