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Crystal Apple Cucumbers

Last post 30-08-2008 6:58 PM by Julie R. 5 replies.

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  • 13/08/2008 12:49 PM
    • welshwendy
    • Pembrokeshire
    • 13 Aug 2008
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    Hi

    Can anyone advise me on these cucmbers we had never heard of them let alone grow them before.  Our local nursery gave us a plant.  They are doing well and we have around 12 on the plant.  What I would like to know is when are they ready for picking.

    Thanks

  • 13/08/2008 02:00 PM
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    When they go yellow they are over mature.  Normally you cut a cuc when the fruit fills out at the tip and goes from pointy to rounded.  The same applies to these - when their shape fills out and they are green they should be rewarding. They are really a form of ridge cucumber and therefore very forgiving.

     

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  • 13/08/2008 02:21 PM
    • welshwendy
    • Pembrokeshire
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    These have alwys been yellow and are at the moement the size of an apple.

  • 14/08/2008 08:08 AM
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    That is all you are going to get - make great pickle.

    Pick often to encourage more fruits to set and feed with high nitrogen fertiliser.

     

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  • 14/08/2008 01:07 PM
    • welshwendy
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    Thank you I will get some picked later on.

  • 30/08/2008 06:58 PM
    • Julie R
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    • 30 Aug 2008
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    Hi Wendy,

    We are growing crystal apple cucumbers at the moment. By the sounds of things, yours are ready to crop and eat, now! In general, the concensus is to crop this type of cucumber when it's roughly the size of a duck egg. It will always be lemon in colour but goes to a deeper shade of yellow when ripe/overripe. And yes, the more you crop, the more will grow, just keep it well watered and give it a liquid feed each week. You can probably already see the "baby" apple cucumbers behind the male flowers, just waiting their turn!! These cucumbers are delicious, and should continue to provide you with their fruit right up to the end of October (weather permitting).