Cucumber - Chinese Slangen
This variety produces long and slender 'snake-like' cucumbers growing up to 50cm long, with great tasting flesh and a small seed cavity. Suitable to grow outdoors in the garden or in growing bags.
Sow indoors for surest results from February to April, 0.5cm deep, on the seed’s edge, in small pots of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 21-24°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.