Produces bumper crops for fresh eating and pickling, with fruits seemingly growing overnight in peak season. A bush cucumber, this variety will take up only 2 or 3 square feet per plant. Introduced to American gardeners by Seed Savers Exchange in 1992, the variety originated in Russia, where its short vines (up to 5' long) and ease of growing made it perfect for dacha or second-home gardens near Moscow.
- 45-50 days
- ±900 seeds/oz
- Short vines grow to 5 feet
- Good production
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Cucumbers are most often used raw and are perfect in salads. Some chefs prefer to peel the skin off the fruit as it can be bitter.
Cucumbers pair well with mint an dill, which can be added directly to your salad or to dressings. Cucumber and mint can also be added to smoothies and juice. Tatziki sauce is made from shredded cucumber, yogurt, and dill.
Pickling cucumbers, however, are best for preserving in a solution of vinegar, salt, sugar, spices, and water. You can create countless number of combinations for your pickles to use on sandwiches, as a relish, or eaten as side dish.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after the last frost when soil is warm. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. Can also be started indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost for an earlier harvest. Cucumbers benefit from consistent moisture. Provide support for vines to save space.
- Direct Seed: 1" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Reliable and flavorful
Great production and flavor. We ate fresh and made pickles and relish.
Larger than expected
Impressive. Vine is larger than I expected. However, it is very healthy and first cucumber plant to produce this year. I am very happy with it
Maryland, growing in raised bed, intensive (square foot gardening)
I plan to grow it next year and plan for more space.
A must cucumber for every garden!
by Brian Hanft
Amazing! I love this variety because it doesn’t take over my garden. The cucumbers are outstanding. Highly recommend.
Ended up with very long vines - up to 6-7' and expected them to be smaller!