Single Packet of 90 Seeds
Grow the Marketmore 76 Cucumber, from freshly harvested Cucumis sativus seeds. Marketmore 76 will produce dark green, oblong fruits that measure anywhere between 7 to 9 inches long. Their light green flesh is mild, yet refreshing, making them a perfect slicing variety for salads. You can also enjoy them raw, dipping them in ranch or eating plain as well. The plants of this variety are high yielding, baring many fruits in a single season.
Marketmore 76 is a hardy selection that grows well in both cooler and warmer climates. The plants grow to a mature length of roughly 4 or 5 feet long, and about 12 inches tall. However, if grown vertically, you can save on garden space, just provide a support stake or trellis. In fact, it is scientifically proven that growing cucumbers in an upright position is best as it increases the airflow to your plants, leading to better yields. Harvest in roughly 60 to 65 days.
Cucumbers taste great in salads, and most varieties are pickled as well. There are several health benefits that you may be interested in learning about, when it comes to consuming cucumbers. Some of these benefits include, reduced risk of cancer, reduced inflammation, fresher breath and benefits in weight loss. For more information on the benefits of eating cucumbers such as this, check out this article.
Sowing The Seed
Cucumbers, like most vegetables, can be started indoors, or directly outdoors as well. If started indoors, sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Sow 1 seed per peat pot, at a depth of 1/2" under topsoil. Provide a small stake for newly established plants. Transplant entire pots, or direct sow outdoors when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. Check "Germination & Growth" for additional information on growth habits and spacing.
Cucumbers will enjoy the heat of summer, and require temperatures of at least 65F or higher. The soil should be fertile, rich in organic matter and well draining as well. To increase drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to areas containing hard, compact soil. Water the soil daily so that the plants receive an ample amount of moisture, but be careful not to overwater as this can cause your plants to become waterlogged.
Germination & Growth
Cucumber seeds typically take anywhere between 7 to 10 days to successfully germinate. The plants will grow to a vining length of roughly 3 to 5 feet long, but can be better maintained when grown vertically, through the use of a trellis or other support. The plants can be established on hills, versus rows, sowing 4 seeds per hill, directing the vines away from one another. Space each hill about 6 feet apart. Cucumbers are a delicious additive to many fresh, garden salads and are often times enjoyed raw as well.
Harvesting Your Marketmore 76 Cucumbers
Marketmore 76 will produce fruits later than most other varieties. But keep in mind that you will receive plenty of fruits, so the wait is worth it. Marketmore 76 can be harvested in roughly 60 to 65 days. Pick the fruits when they are about 7 to 8 inches long. Do not allow the fruits to become overly ripe as this can lead to seed production.
Unfortunately, cucumbers contain high amounts of water, making their shelf life rather short. Most slicing cucumbers will last roughly 1 week after being picked.