Xin Tai, organic seeds
Is a cucumber from Northern China for growing in green houses and outdoors. It's a very early, rough, slightly ridged cucumber with a taste that is among the absolutely best. Xin Tai is the fast little brother of Suyo Long. It is not quite as long, "˜just"™ 35 cm and does not have quite so many ridges either. Xin Tai is the earliest greenhouse cucumber we have tried. It is a normally pollinated cucumber and yields seeds if it is allowed to grow on. It is healthy and sound and never grows bitter. Towards the end of the season Xin Tai can produce curved cucumbers if it is allowed to grow freely on the ground. However, if you bind up the plant, almost all the fruits become straight. A portion contains about 5-6 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 5-6 seeds.