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Missouri City, TX (Zone 9a)
Jul 3, 2016 12:05 AM CST
|Hello all, I am trying to plan my fall garden. I live in Missouri City, TX, just south of Houston. I am trying to figure out which varieties of cucumber works best for my climate and am looking for suggestions. Thank you in advance.|
Jul 3, 2016 2:07 AM CST
I am up in East Texas and use to live down in Beaumont and Nederland and always had a garden. My favorites are Boston Pickling, National Pickling and Straight Eight. You can eat either fresh off the vine and both of the Pickling varieties really make great pickles both sweet and sour. I plant one of the Pickling both Spring and Fall and they produce strong up until the first freeze. Good luck.
Jul 3, 2016 10:19 AM CST
|Straight Eight and Marketmore types are well suited for a lot of different areas.|
Jul 3, 2016 12:30 PM CST
|I was going to suggest Marketmore 76 as it is very disease resistant. As far as taste their is more caller Sweeter Yet which is a really nice one.|
Jul 5, 2016 1:54 PM CST
|Hello everyone. My first post/questions. I'm growing cucumbers right now. I'm about 30 days in and the plants 5-5 feet tall and have about 15 flowers per plant. Depending on the variety (Muncher and Burpee burpless hybrid), some have all female or mostly male flowers (has been about 90F everyday here lately). (all of them have at-least 1 female flower, but 2 of the plants have only female lowers. I think 2 of the Burpee Burpless Hybrids are the ones with all female flowers, 15+ on one plant that's only about 4.5ft tall maybe shorter).|
Anyways, I was wondering if cucumbers will grow from the same node where a previous cucumber was picked from. Like if a cucumber gets to full size and is picked, will a new cucumber grow there ever again?...
(or if a flower is picked?... like if the plant has all male flowers from heat, then when it cools down can the flower be plucked off for the chance of a new flower growing (hopefully female)?
One of the reasons I'm asking is because I'm growing my cucumbers vertical and they're already almost 6ft tall (max for my garden) and I'm thinking about topping the plant when it gets to 6ft, but I don't want to do that if there won't be any new flowers from below the new growth.
Sorry for all the questions in one post..., but I was also wondering if there's a way to identify the variety of the cucumber plants by their cucumbers. One variety is growing lighter green ones with them little spikes and the other is growing darker cucumbers that don't have the spikes (I'm assuming the burpless ones are the lighter in color, because they have thinner looking skin and a LOT of female flowers, which is common with the variety).
Jul 5, 2016 2:36 PM CST
|No, once you pick the cucumber or even if it aborts another one will not come from the same spot. |
I have never topped off the growing top of the vines but I know they do make side shoots. I would leave them even if they reach the top of the trellis. As to the male flowers, they will pollinate any of your cukes they don't need to be the same variety. If they are not setting maybe you don't have any bees working?