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Name: Rachel Landesfeind
Long Beach, CA
Sep 16, 2017 9:03 PM CST
This cucumber plant popped up in my garden a few weeks ago, and it has been doing quite well. I have no idea what kind of cucumber it is because I didn't plant it, it just showed up. How do I know when to pick the cucumbers? There are numerous tiny cukes, as wells as two that are about five inches long. Thank you!
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Sep 17, 2017 6:45 AM CST
Looks like a pickling cuck. Just the right rite size. Eat raw or pickled. Pick any size you like. Could go as big as the ones you get at mini mart in the 5 gal containers, or pick like the mini ones yo buy at store. What ever size you prefer to your taste. 😁
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Name: Sally
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Sep 17, 2017 2:27 PM CST
I like to pick sooner rather than later, as later means seeds get hard.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Sep 17, 2017 7:47 PM CST
I agree, it looks like a pickling type -- I wouldn't let them get much larger than that or the seeds inside will be large and unpleasant. The best time to pick cukes of any type is when their seeds are still small, sometimes takes a little trial and error. Smiling
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Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
Sep 19, 2017 1:25 PM CST
I'd let them all grow and gradually pick, all the while checking for seed development, taste and flesh texture, until your biggest one is left, if nothing else you'll have seeds for next year and you'll know when they are at peak readiness. Just M.O.


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