Cucumber Marketmore 76
Cucumber Marketmore 76 is possibly one of the most recognisable heirlooms, and rightfully so. Many decades after its release, this delicious refreshing cucumber still impresses. Fruit averages 18-23 cm long, perfect for slicing. Dark green with thick protective skin, a perfect choice for market gardening as the rugged little fruit stand up well to shipping.
- The original Marketmore cucumber was developed at Cornell University in 1968 by Dr. Henry Munger and it was hailed as a breeding breakthrough.
- For 30 years Dr. Munger perfected the Marketmore (and many other incredible vegetable varieties).
- In 1976 he released a particularly vigorous open pollinated strain of Marketmore, and it remains a favourite of home and market gardeners alike!
Sow: in a hothouse or inside (mid October to early December – 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.
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)
- Treated Seed