English Cucumber - A Creeping Gourd
English Cucumber Is A Member Of The Gourd Family
The English cucumber as it became know, is one of the most popular eating cucumbers in the world. Although breeders were not able to get rid of the seeds entirely, the few that remain are soft, transparent and entirely edible.
Gravity Fed Cucumber
Although English cucumbers are genetically disposed to grow longer than other types of cucumbers, they can more than double if grown from a trellis.
Italian Dark is an exceptionally long English cucumber variety growing over 16 inches in length. This cucumber has been bred specifically for greenhouse growing and is the English cucumber featured in the produce section of your supermarket.
Self Pollinating Cucumber
Seedless came with a price however, because early varieties of English Cucumber only produced female flowers and were not able to reproduce. Eventually, plant breeders perfected varieties that would self-pollinate.
Thin Skinned Cucumber
A longer cucumber means a thinner skin, which can be easily damaged, which is why English cucumbers are wrapped in plastic before shipping.
English Telegraph is a popular garden variety of English cucumber suitable for temperate growing zones. It will grow long like the greenhouse variety if you grow the plant up a trellis. A lean-to trellis works best with the long side growing the plants facing the sun.