Cucumber - Esmarald
This is a predominantly 'female' variety with disease resistance, ensuring better crops of delicious cucumbers. Itâ€™s an improvement on the very popular outdoor variety 'Marketmore', perfect for the garden and large patio containers.
Sow indoors for surest results from February to April, 0.5cm deep, on the seedâ€™s edge, in small pots of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 21-24Â°C is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. When plants have developed 3 or 4 leaves, transplant to 12cm pots and grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions, before planting out 60cm apart, during May/June, into fertile, well-drained soil. Or sow outdoors from May to June, for ease, where they are to crop. Sow two seeds per position, 0.5cm deep, directly into finely-prepared, fertile, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Allow 60cm between rows. When large enough, thin to leave the stronger plant. Harvest from July to October.