“Breeding cucumbers, with the goal of creating disease-resistant, high-yield, parthenocarpic hybrids, is one of my daily activities at Superior. Characteristics of the hybrid cucumber naturally depend on the market demand, to which I respond through experimental breeding, then analysis of plants and fruits, and finally interpretation of the data gathered.”
The smooth fruits of this Beth Alpha type parthenocarpic slicing hybrid cucumber grow fast because they’re seedless. That’s why you’ll pick them just 7-10 days after the flowers open, which does not require pollination. You’ll count 2-3 flowers on each node, or 20-25 flowers on the whole plant, from which sweet and juicy, 12-15 cm-long fruits will grow. At the end of the season you’ll get 4-5 kg per plant. Grow it by the Nile or Morava – wherever it is, it’ll give you a high yield, even in the second and third plantings. Grow it with no other cucumbers around, and you’ll get seedless fruits especially adored by kids.
You’ll pick this slicing cucumber early, up to 20 times per season, if you grow it on a trellis in the greenhouse. The young, dark green, bumpy fruits of around 200 g abound with juiciness, and the plants, naturally resistant to many diseases, abound with fruit – several per node. Collect them regularly while they’re nice and proportional, or even when they’ve grown past their target size, since they retain their juiciness. Note this hybrid’s high dry matter content, which results in higher potassium and vitamin C levels.
Irrigate regularly and protect against late blight, so that this bumpy pickling cucumber, one of the most disease resistant, will ripen quickly and plentifully. If sown in spring, you’ll harvest it 15-20 times per season, whereas summer sowing will allow 8-10 harvests. Let the cucumbers reach a length of more than 10 cm, so you can use the crisp and firm fruits fresh in salads. At the end of the summer, make an amazing winter store with Real because it’s ideal for pickling and doesn’t change its color. When you’ve had enough of looking at them, go ahead and eat them, and stay healthy through the whole winter.
On this robust plant, resistant to many diseases and covered with plentiful male flowers, you’ll find among its large leaves the green fruits, around 40 cm long, with fewer seeds and a lightly bumpy surface. Salads are incomplete without these aromatic, juicy, and super tasty cucumbers. Water them regularly and harvest while they’re elegant. Organize a local competition and don’t pay attention to the name – Chinese Long or Dugi Zeleni – but slice them and enrich your salads.