Cucumber Poinsett 76
If you are looking for a great slicing cucumber for salads, Cucumber Poinsett 76 is a proven performer. Long straight cucumbers (15 to 20cm long) great for fresh salads or eating raw. Developed by Dr. Munger of Cornell University around 1976. Best trained up string or over mesh but can be left to sprawl.
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)