Pickling Cucumbers

Alibi Cucumbers

Alibi Cucumbers

CU311

50 days. Poised to meet your pickling needs at its mature 3-4 inch length, this early cucumber can be picked even sooner for the sweetest 2 inch gherkins. They may not make it as far as the brine, as you'll find them delightful for slicing, salads, and other fresh uses as well. Alibi stands near the top of its class in yields and disease resistance, ensuring ample season-long production. MO. CMV, DM, PM, S.

   Hybrid Variety
Approximately 25-30 seeds per gram.
  • CU311/S
  • 1 gram
  • $3.35

  • CU311C150
  • 150 seeds
  • $5.65

  • CU311/P
  • Sold Out
    For 2018.
  • $5.85

  • CU311/B
  • 500 seeds
  • $8.15

  • CU311C1
  • 1M seeds
  • $12.95

  • CU311C2
  • 5M seeds
  • $51.75
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
65-90°F4-131/2"1-2/hill4-6/hill3-4'80%3 years≈ 25-30High


Cucumis sativus A favorite in cuisine worldwide, cucumbers possess health benefits too numerous to mention. Incorporate cucumbers in your diet to aid with weight loss, as they are exceptionally low in calories (only about 8 calories in 1/2 cup), aid digestion, and rid toxins from the body. Among the more unusual qualities of the humble cuke is its ability to ease skin irritations. Use a piece of cucumber skin to soothe burns.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

Culture
• Cucumbers perform best in fertile, well-drained soil with a pH 5.5-7.0
• Consistent, even watering is critical for best plant growth and fruit development
• Raised beds, plastic mulch, and trellising can improve yields, keep fruit straight and scab free
• Incorporate a shovelful of compost and 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer per hill

Direct Sowing
• For best germination, keep soil evenly moist but not too wet
• Cover hill with Kozy-Coats, Victorian Bell Cloches, or a row cover to speed up germination
• Thin to the strongest 1-2 plants when first true leaves emerge

Transplanting
• Start indoors in 4 inch pots, 3-4 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Avoid letting starts get root bound; transplant carefully as to not disturb roots

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Striped and spotted cucumber beetles, aphids, squash bugs
Insect control: Pyrethrin, Neem oil
Common diseases: See chart below
Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, Greencure® for Powdery Mildew

Harvest & Storage
• Consistent harvest will keep plants productive
• Store at 45°F and 95% relative humidity
• For pickling, harvest cukes when small, before seeds form

KEY TO FLOWERS AND FRUIT SET
GY | Gynoecious - Has nearly 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
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
A | Anthracnose
ALS | Angular Leaf Spot
C | Cercospora
CCa | Corynespora Blight & Target Spot
CCu | Scab & Gummosis
CMV | Cucumber Mosaic Virus
CVYV | Cucumber Vein Yellowing Virus
DM | Downy Mildew
PM | Powdery Mildew
R | Common Rust
S | Scab
TSP | Target Spot
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Mar 27, 2017  |  By Stephan
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I live in an area (Seattle) that's borderline for cucumbers. This is the first variety I've had any luck with. One plant grew vigorously and produced enough for many cucumber salads and 6 jars of pickles. The flavor and texture are excellent.
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Nov 4, 2016  |  By Matthew Mullin
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I was thrilled with these cucumbers. Powdery Mildew attacked pretty much everything in my garden this year--even the weeds. These cucumbers weren't bothered at all. It was cool and wet for most of the summer, and I thought they would need more direct sunlight. I still got more cucumbers than I could use from two plants, and made about 20 pints of pickles. They were great fresh, too.
LindaH
Aug 13, 2015  |  By Linda Hefferman
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These cucumbers are fantastic! They are great for pickles, and the few that I don't pick when they're little are wonderfully flavorful for fresh eating. Not a hint of bitterness. The plants are super vigorous and productive, and very disease resistant. Powdery mildew is a big problem in my garden, and I had to pull my lemon cucumbers out. But these guys are just dutifully pumping out loads of cucumbers every week.
Wonderful for dill pickles
Jan 31, 2012  |  By Eric Toedtli
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I grew these for the first time in 2011. I picked most of them when they were 1" - 2" long. They made amazing dill pickles. We made 15 quarts thinking it would take a year or so to eat them. We opened the first jar a couple of months ago. There are now only 2 jars left and lots of family are asking if we can spare any. I am going to grow a lot of these cucumbers this year and make around 50 quarts of dill pickles. A sampler package of seeds gave us about 2 quarts of cucumbers every 2 - 3 days. Lots of people have also asked for our "extra"s of these for making their own pickles.