Cucumber Burpless is a thin skinned Continental cucumber with a length of 20 – 26cm. It has a mild flavour and less tendency to cause indigestion. The plant is vigorous and may be grown on a trellis or on the ground with a good area for the plant to sprawl. Growing up a trellis encourages straight fruits.
Cucumbers like warmer soils, so in late Spring delay planting until a run of warm weather (over 20 C) arrives. If cold fronts arrive and the plants struggle, you can re-sow as they are quick to harvest once consistently warm weather eventuates.
Sow: in a hothouse or inside (mid October to January – cool climate). For good germination use a heat mat to min 21 degrees C. When planting outside put some black plastic down and cut an X to plant into. provides more heat for the plant. Delay sowing until December in cool Springs or re-sow if cold weather hits the seedlings.
Spacing: 40cm. They do well in grow bags and love the hothouse.
Cultivated for at least 3,000 years, the cucumber originated from India, where a great many varieties have been observed, along with its closest living relative, Cucumis hystrix. It was probably introduced to other parts of Europe by the Greeks or Romans. Records of cucumber cultivation appear in France in the 9th century, England in the 14th century, and in North America by the mid-16th century.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 22 to 30 C (around 7-10 days to germination)