52 days. A champion performer in the garden and unquestionable producer of tasty, crisp, and delicious cucumbers. Uniform, cylindrical shaped, smooth-skinned, glossy, deep emerald-green fruit adorn the robust plants. Raider is dependably early, robust, disease resistant and prolific. GY. ALS, CMV, S.
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CULTURE: For the best yields, it is important to provide ideal growing conditions for cucumbers. If the weather is not warm and dry, vines grow slow and plants tend to fall prey to disease. Wait to direct sow or transplant until soil temperatures are 60°F or warmer. Seeds will emerge in 4-13 days if soil temperature is 65-90°F. For best germination, keep the soil lightly moist but not too wet.
TO DIRECT SOW: We recommend raised beds. They improve drainage, warm up earlier, and increase the root zone depth. Sow in groups of 4-6 seeds in raised beds or hills. Plant seed 1/2 inch deep, and space the groups about 3-4 feet apart in all directions. Under each group of seeds, work 1/2-1 cup of our complete fertilizer into the soil. After the seed is up and growing, thin to 1-2 plants per group or hill.
FOR TRANSPLANTS: Not recommended, but in short-season climates, starting seed indoors may be necessary. Cucumber transplants don't like their roots disturbed, so start them in individual peat pots at least 3 1/2 inches across. Fill pots with a sterile seedling mix and plant seed 1/2 inch deep. After they've emerged, place the seedlings in a sunny, warm spot. They should only be about 3 weeks old when transplanted in the garden. Harden off about a week in a cold frame if you have one. Set whole peat pots in the soil, making sure the entire pot rim is below the soil line. If any part is above ground, it will wick moisture away from the roots and weaken plants. Space and fertilize as described above for direct sowing.
MULCHES & PLANT COVERS: These materials have proven to help plants grow faster, flower sooner, and yield more fruit. We recommend green or silver mulch, plus a floating row cover of Grow Guard 20 or Reemay early in the season to achieve these results.
DISEASE: Where disease is a known problem, choose resistant varieties. Remove plant refuse and control insect pests. Consult your local county extension agent for disease specifics.
INSECTS/PESTS: Control striped and spotted cucumber beetles with Pyrethrin; apply regularly as long as beetles are evident. They primarily infect plants with bacterial wilt disease, which is devastating to plants. Keep border areas of the garden mowed.
HARVEST: Keep your cucumbers picked, and they'll keep producing. When stored at 40°F and 95% relative humidity, they may last up to 3 weeks. Chickens like big cucumbers.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 80%. Days to maturity are calculated from the date of direct seeding. Usual seed life: 3 years. Approximately 25-30 seeds per gram, 28 grams per ounce.
SAMPLER: 1 gramPACKET: 4 gramsUnless otherwise noted.
KEY TO FLOWERS AND FRUIT SET
GY....Gynoecious - Has all female flowers.
HE....Hermaphrodite - Flowers contain both male and female reproductive parts.
MO....Monoecious - Has separate male and female flowers on the same plant.
PAT...Parthenocarpic - Has the ability to set fruit without pollination. Triggered by low temperatures, short day length, and plant age.
KEY TO CUCUMBER DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
ALS....Angular Leaf Spot
CMV...Cucumber Mosaic Virus