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Straight 8 - Cucumber

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Cucumis Sativus

Story:  As the name suggests, this cucumber is touted as being a uniform producer, making straight, 8 inch, smooth cucumbers. The Straight Eight cucumber was first developed in the early 1900s by a man named J.H. Gregory who was looking for a way to create a cucumber that was easier to ship and store. It won the All American Selections produce for its category in 1935.

We grew it for the first time outdoors in 2023 and it got its roots eaten by chafer grubs so only got to harvest a few. Try it out - maybe in a greenhouse or polytunnel and let us know how it did for you.

When to sow: March - April indoors

Requirements: nutrient-rich soil, regular watering, and a lot of sun.

When to harvest seed: July-Oct

Need to isolate: Yes, hand pollination of flowers

Seed Grown: Omved Gardens 

Seed harvested: 2023

Please remember, if you’re an individual grower you can order up to 3 packets of seeds. If you order more than this, you will receive just three packs to begin with. This is to ensure we get plenty of data in return and to keep our stocks sustainable for years to come.* 

*Community groups and Experienced Growers can order larger quantities, please email us if this is the case.

If an item is out of stock we will send a close alternative.