Cucumis sativus 'Crystal Apple'
Cucumber 'Crystal Apple'
Cucumis sativus 'Crystal Apple' is a heritage variety originating from Australia in the early 1900's. Prolific cropping on trailing plants if picked regularly at larger golf ball size. Crisp, tender flesh with a bitter free, sweet flavour. Best grown outdoors to trail on the ground or support on a trellis. Crops over a long season if picked regularly. Sow mid April to early June under glass to transplant outdoors. Mixed flowers, both types are required for pollination. Prefers well-drained, moist, rich soil in full sun. Extend the season with cloches.
|Botanical name||Cucumis sativus|
|Common name||Cucumber 'Crystal Apple'|
|Plant type||Vegetable Seeds|
|Season of interest||Summer, Autumn|
|Time to maturity||1 - 2 years|
|Ultimate height||2.6m - 4m|
|Ultimate spread||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Useful/additional information||Sow mid April to early June, 2.5cm (1in) deep, in pots or trays of good seed sowing mix at 20C (68F) under glass or in a propagator. Protect emerging seedlings from direct sunlight to avoid scorching. Pot on individual seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) pots of sowing mix and keep barely moist to avoid stem rot. Maintain a temperature of about 20C (68F). Plant out 75x75cm (3x3in) apart once frost risk has passed. If space is limited, train up supports/nettingWater cucumber plants regularly. When growing cucumbers, harvest regularly to encourage, long continuous production. Pick the fruits whilst young and tender before they show signs of producing seeds, as older fruits can become bitter. Harvesting cucumbers is best done early in the morning when temperatures remain cool.|