Straight 8 Cucumber

Cucumis sativus
Straight Eight Cucumber Seeds (63 days)

Straight Eight Cucumber was introduced by Ferry Morse in 1935

Straight 8’s are extremely dependable at producing a crop.  Bad luck with other cucumbers last season, then this is the one to try this year.  Eight inches of perfect straight cucumber slicing excellence!  You’ll be giving them away to the neighbors there are so many!

1937 MacFayden Seed Co. catalog says Straight Eight Cucumber seeds…
“A real forward step in Cucumbers. Received the Gold Medal Award in the All American Trials, 1935, and the Mark of Approval of the Manitoba Market Growers’ Association on inspection of our Trial Grounds last season. Well grown, it … … 8 inches in length, just what the Market wants; is uniformly cylindrical and retains its dark green color, flesh is thick; seed cavity small; flavor excellent. It is early, following the early Pickling sorts in maturity. The most outstanding cucumber developed to date. Originator’s stock.”

Seed Planting Depth Seeds per gram Germination Temperature Days to Germination Row Spacing Plant Spacing 100′ Row Yield Sun
1/2-1″ 35-40 70-85 3-10 36″ 12-24″ 150 lb. Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Cucumber:

Soak seeds overnight before planting either individually in rows or hills of 3-6 seeds each.  Tighter spacing and higher yields can be achieved through trellising the plants on fences or poles.  Continually harvesting will keep the plant producing new fruits.

  • Heirloom cucumbers do not like acidic soil!
  • Frost tender.  Heirloom cucumbers love warm weather.
  • To get an earlier heirloom cucumber crop start indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost.
  • Heirloom cucumbers are thirsty!  Never let them go dry.  Heirloom cucumbers are over 95 % water.
  • Fertilize heirloom cucumbers with manures BEFORE planting.
  • Cucumber beetles are “supposed” to dislike marigolds or wood ashes sprinkled at the base of  cucumber vines.

Seeding Rate for Heirloom Cucumber:

35,000-40,000 plants/acre, 3-4 lb./acre

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture – not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.

(source: Sustainable Seed Company)

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