Cucumber Shintokiwa Long-Fruited Asian
62 days Open-pollinated. superior to the Suhyo cultivars with better uniformity, fewer defective bottoms and more resistance to BW. The fruits, averaging 9–10" and growing up to an edible size of 1' in good fertility, are sweet, crisp and juicy without bitterness. One trial taster described their flavor as “flowery, buttery and delicious.” Robert Wasserman of Wasserman Family Farm in Corrales, NM, reports that they have a faithful following at the growers’ market—even among little kids. 62 Days
Culture: May be started indoors for early production, or direct-seeded. Very tender, will not survive frost. Direct seed 3" apart thinning to 1' apart in rows 4-6' apart or 6 per mound in hills 4' apart thinning to 3 best plants. Transplant 1' apart in rows 4-6' apart. Cucumbers require good fertility and regular rain or irrigation for abundant yields. Without adequate water, fruits will be misshapen and bitter.
Combat striped cucumber beetles by handpicking early AM when the dew makes them sluggish, or use floating row covers, removing when cukes flower. Cucumber beetles are the vector for BW. Pick cukes frequently for best production, or else the plants shut down. Make sure to remove blimps to the compost pile.