Straight Eight Cucumber is an open-pollinated, heirloom that matures in 63 days. Old-fashioned white-spined farmer’s market cuke! Standard slicing variety. Vigorous and productive. Sweet and mild! Straight Eight Cucumber produces dark green, super smooth, cylindrical 7-8″L blocky with rounded blunt ends. USES: Fresh Markets, Home Gardens (CMV). Approximately 1,040 seeds per ounce or 16,700 seeds per pound.
Companions: Bean, cabbage family, corn, pea, radish, tomato
Allies: Marigold deters beetles. Nasturtium deters aphids, beetles and bugs, improves growth and flavor. Oregano deters pests in general. Tansy deters ants, beetles, bugs, flying insects.
Enemy: Sage is generally injurious to cucumber.
Cucumber Reproductive Codes:
GY – Gynoecious cucumbers grow nearly all female flowers. These cultivars produce higher yields of cucumbers than monoecious cultivars. Some of these cultivars have a ratio of about 70 percent female flowers to 30 percent male flowers. Some other cucumber cultivars have no male flowers, and they require pollination from cultivars that produce male flowers. Packets of all-female flower cultivars often contain dyed male seeds for their simple identification, or the male seeds are in a separate packet. Commercial growers often mix gynoecious cultivars with monoecious cultivars at a ratio of about 9 to 1.
MO – A standard cumber cultivar plant is monoecious, which means it contains both female and male flowers. Such cucumber plants do not need another cultivar cucumber plant for pollination. They require bees, other insects or wind, however, to spread their pollen from their male flowers to their female flowers.
PAT – Plants that produce long, seedless cucumbers originated in European greenhouses and are termed parthenocarpic, which means they yield cucumbers without pollination. These cucumber plants must be grown in greenhouses to exclude bees because pollination causes their cucumbers to become misshapen and bitter.
Each seed packet contains approximately 65 seeds. Available from SeedGro, an American brand offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open-pollinated, hybrid, and heirloom untreated seeds.