Boothby's Blonde, organic
Chubby, cream-white cucumber with small, black spines. The spines can easily be removed, if you pull your hand over the fruit. The 7-10 cm long fruits are most delicious as young and become more and more yellow, the longer they remain on the plant. The flesh, reminiscent of cucumbers from the Middle East, is juicy and fresh, even on the cucumbers that are left "too long" on the plant, and start to form seed. Even the mildly sweet seeds are crunchy good. The Boothby family in Livermore, U.S., has kept this old retainer alive for at least five generations and now it's also available for us to enjoy. A portion contains about 10 seeds. MOFGA-certified seed. See under Info etc. - Ecologically grown seeds.
|Scientific name:||Cucumis sativus|
|Botanic family:||The Squash Family - Cucurbitaceae|
|Days to maturity:||53|
|Sowing time:||Pre-cultivate: April–June|
|Sowing depth:||1–2 cm|
|Plant spacing:||25–35 cm|
|Row spacing:||100–150 cm|
|Germination time:||5–7 days|
SowingThe seeds are usually sown indoors or in a hotbed 4-5 weeks before planting outside. Sow in pots, 1-2 cm deep and 3-4 seeds in each one. The fastest and most reliable germination is at a temperature of 22-26°C. Thin out to 1-2 plants in each pot and keep them in a light, airy place. Temper the plants before setting them out, which should be when the soil has warmed up and all risk of frost is over. In really warm places it is possible to sow them directly.
SpacingBetween the plants 10-25 cm, between the rows 100-150 cm. The climbing vines of the cucumber can be bound up to save space.
HarvestHarvest the cucumbers gradually as they reach the desired length. Do not let them overgrow and become unappetizing. Fresh cucumbers cannot be stored for any length of time, but pickled or soured they can last a while.
Seed30-40 seeds/g, one portion yields 10-15 good seedlings when pre-cultivated or sows about 2-3m. 50 g yield 1000 seedlings and sows about 100m.
A portion contains about 10 seeds.